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Archive Article: 2001/03/16

16 March 2001

The foot-and-mouth crisis halted this feed delivery at the gates of Donald Marstons farm at Easegill Head, Kirkby Stephen, as entry barriers go up across farms all over the country. Mr Marston has converted his cattle trailer to a feed hopper, preventing any unnecessary access.

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Archive Article: 2001/03/16

16 March 2001

ENVIRONMENTAL protection proposals spearheaded by the Crop Protection Association in the face of the proposed pesticide tax have been accepted by the government. Now it is up to the industry, farmers and sprayer operators to demonstrate best practice and that includes sprayer filling procedures.

Finalists in the Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year competition have shown many practical tips that protect the environment by avoiding filling mishaps, says competition organiser Tom Robinson.

A good starting point is to avoid filling the tank to the brim. Stop 10% short of the tanks nominal capacity to allow for foaming, which can be a particular problem in soft water areas and if tank mixes add to the level of surfactants.

Check that suction side joints and hose connections are tight and dont leave the induction hopper open after the chemical is introduced, he adds. "In some cases you may have to use an appropriate anti-foaming agent."

Ensure you put in the right amount of water. A flow meter can be set to sound an audible alarm at the required filling level, so avoiding overflowing, as well as left-over spray mix which could mean disposal problems later.

"Taking chemical packs from store to sprayer in a wheelbarrow gave bunded transport on one farm."

Careless measuring out or filling of chemicals can cause point source water pollution. Even foil seals thrown on the ground can cause a problem. If they are partly cut round and left attached to the pack they can be cleaned when the pack is rinsed back into the sprayer, Mr Robinson adds.

At the charging site, an easily cleaned table with a catch tray or one fixed to the side of a sprayer alongside the induction hopper makes life safer. A clean plastic drum cut in half can be used to catch any spills, while the other half placed under the induction hopper will catch drips. &#42

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Archive Article: 2001/03/16

16 March 2001

Tractor registrations

Tractor registrations for the month of February totalled 462 units, reports the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). This is a 1.3% increase on the same period last year and brings the year to date total to 943 units.

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Archive Article: 2001/03/16

16 March 2001

Joskins pasture aerator – a multi-tined implement designed to scarify grassland – can now be fitted with a seeder unit. The company reasons that when old grass is pulled out of pastures the space can be reseeded to rejuvenate the pasture overall. The Rotasem single disc seeder broadcasts seed to the front and the rear of the implement, with some pushed into the ground and some landing in the grooves made by the tines. An 85 litre hopper and a system to alter the rotational speed of the disc are included in the Rotasems specification.

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Archive Article: 2001/03/16

16 March 2001

Whats good for the goose…

Tony Burge, who runs the Foxhollow Animal Sanctuary, has found a new friend in this goose. "Hes lovely company and follows me everywhere," says Tony. As for how he came up with its name, well, thats simple. "Alfred – because hes great."

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