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Archive Article: 1997/04/04

4 April 1997

Planting is in full swing at Cobrey Farms, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, where over 400ha (1000 acres) of potatoes are grown by John Chinn. Here, Pentland Javlin are loaded up on contracted land at Ryeford. Prospects for next season remain uncertain. Plantings are well ahead of the last three seasons. But the expectation is that the final area will be well back on last year. Yields could also suffer if dry weather continues, and if growers plant ex-store ware instead of certified seed.

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Archive Article: 1997/04/04

4 April 1997

IN the fourth of our series of articles on spraying we look at hydraulic nozzles.

Agrochemical manufacturers nearly always give a preferred BCPC Spray Quality on the product label. A wrong spray quality or a poor pattern will almost certainly give a poor result.

To avoid that nozzle sets should be replaced after a targeted amount of work. Their output should also be checked regularly.

An uneven spray pattern is hard to see. So, during the season, be sure to check nozzle flow rates across the boom by collecting water in a measuring jug for a minute or half minute according to flow rate. Tips that are adrift by more than plus or minus 5% should be discarded.

At the end of a days work wash and clean nozzles. It is time well spent, often avoiding trouble when starting up later.

Dont reduce dose or application rates solely because you are using a novel type of nozzle – check trial results first. &#42


&#8226 Check labels for recommended BCPC spray quality required.

&#8226 Check which nozzles will give the right spray qualities at your speed of travel.

&#8226 Know the pressure range within which spray quality and pattern is maintained.

&#8226 Ensure nozzle angle gives adequate cover at the booms working height above target.

&#8226 Check nozzles to ensure they match and are of similar age.

&#8226 Carefully clean nozzles and filters at beginning and during season.

&#8226 DO NOT use hard objects or mouth to clean nozzle tips.

&#8226 Regularly check flow rate of each nozzle at working pressure – no more than 5% variation tip to tip.

&#8226 Run a 100m test in realistic field conditions to check sprayer output.

&#8226 Use colour coded tips or caps to avoid confusion.

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