Comfort, ease, efficiency and accuracy: those are just some of the watchwords for the innovations at Sprays and Sprayers,writes Ben Magri, application specialist for Syngenta
A big innovation is record keeping. Instead of relying on hand-written spray recommendations on a sheet, they can now arrive in email form and go straight into the sprayer’s computer.
The operator simply “tells” the computer when spraying starts and stops. Then, when logging out at the end of the day, all that information can be downloaded automatically on to the farm’s record-keeping software.
Application specialist for Syngenta
Also for operator ease – as well as comfort – watch for better quality sprayer cabs. As well as being larger, they are now also more like those fitted to combine harvesters, with large windscreens, and offer a pleasant working environment.
Another development is the type of rinsing system on sprayers. Nowadays it is possible to get two separate rinsing systems fitted on the same machine – a higher energy one for larger containers and a separate, smaller one designed so it doesn’t flood out smaller packs.
Additionally, variable rate application is taking off. So look out for sprayer features which facilitate this.
As an example, technology is now available whereby operators can switch from one nozzle to another – in order to change spray dose without upsetting quality – while on the move.
So whether you’re coming to Sprays and Sprayers ready to buy a new sprayer, or simply to check out technology for the future, there should be something for everyone.
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