Know How / Spraying and fertilising

After sowing and planting, crop sprayers and fertiliser spreaders are the most influential machines for optimising crop production through to harvest. So our farm machinery pages cover the latest models, techniques and technologies – including precision farming – to make the most of these resources.

Advice and tips

SLURRY TANKERS

Advice on setting up the perfect umbilical slurry system

Spreading slurry through an umbilical system can be vastly more efficient than running tankers, but it’s not always a practical proposition for every farm, particularly those with outlying ground a…

SPRAYERS

Nozzle expert gives tips on more accurate spray application

Arable production across the prairies of western Canada might appear to have little in common with that of the UK, but they share one problem: how to increase sprayer productivity…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Tractor cab filters: are you protected?

Most operators and farmers will be well aware of the potential risks that working with agricultural chemicals brings, but with the right precautions, users will be kept free from any…

SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

What to look for when buying a used trailed sprayer

There are plenty of good reasons to run a trailed sprayer. Not only will modern machines match the capacity of their self-propelled equivalents but they’ll also equal them in terms…

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Case studies

CEREAL DRILLS

Bespoke liquid fert kits improve no-till drilled crops

A wind of change is sweeping through UK crop establishment practices, with more and more growers being lured into splashing the cash on a no-till drill. With this increased uptake…

MUCKSPREADERS

Farm-built dribble bar improves contractor's slurry accuracy

It wasn’t that long ago that slurry was considered a nuisance rather than a commodity, constantly threatening to overwhelm the lagoons and towers built to contain it. But as on-farm…

SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

Norfolk grower trials closed-transfer sprayer system

A closed-transfer system for safely mixing and loading pesticides into sprayers has been successfully piloted on several UK farms, offering benefits to operators and the environment. The system transfers neat…

FERTILISER SPREADERS

Driver's view: Ayrshire contractor rates his lime spreader

A bespoke lime applicator made from a combination of Bergmann tractor unit and Agri-Spread body has vastly increased spreading output for Ayrshire contractor Robert Wilson & Son. Mr Wilson says…

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Community

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Comp 2020: Fertiliser bogie slashes power use

Owen Wilks’ Fertable fertiliser bogie placed third in the intermediate category of the Farmers Weekly inventions competition. One of this year’s most experienced entrants is 80-year-old Owen Wilks, who has…

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Insights

TECHNOLOGY

Broadacre spot spraying kits: All you need to know

Weed identification has been a cornerstone of arable farming for centuries, but it may no longer rely on keen eyes, muddy wellies and an encyclopaedic knowledge of botanical enemies. That’s…

SPRAYERS

How pre-mix bowsers can help increase sprayer output

Like most farm kit, the cost of sprayers is on an upward curve, and this is partly driven by the increasing sophistication of the technology on board. While this tech…

FERTILISER SPREADERS

7 low-cost fertiliser spreaders for smaller farms

Plump for all the fancy add-ons and it’s fairly easy to push the price of a high-capacity twin-disc fertiliser spreader to more than £30,000. But for those content with an…

TECHNOLOGY

How French spraying tech can slash herbicide spend by 80%

French kit maker Kuhn is moving into high-tech solutions such as spot-spraying, offering farmers dramatically increased application accuracy and decreased production costs. It is in response to more established competitors bringing…

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News

MUCKSPREADERS

K-Two ups volume and output of Bio and Evo muckspreaders

New mark-five versions of K-Two’s rear-discharge muckspreaders have been given a tapered body design to increase capacity and ease unloading. The redesign applies to Bio models, with twin horizontal beaters…

SPRAYERS

Small R-series John Deere trailed sprayers get extra tech

A new range of premium R700i trailed sprayers has been introduced by John Deere to offer more sophistication and technology options than the firm’s simpler M700 machines. These sprayers take…

SPRAYERS

Lemken to cease sprayer production

Lemken has announced that it will end sprayer production from the end of this year as it looks to focus its resources on the development of new cultivation and drilling…

SLURRY TANKERS

Large Bomech trailing shoe gets four macerators

Dutch company Bomech has added four Alrena macerators to its big trailing shoes to improve the accuracy and consistency of manure distribution. The rotating-knife macerators, which are built by Bomech…

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Test and reviews

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Luke Haynes’ Bateman RB35 sprayer

Basis-qualified Luke Haynes reveals the good and the bad of the Bateman RB35 he operates for the Montreal Estate in Kent. See also: Broadacre spot spraying kits: All you need to…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Tristan Newens' trailed John Deere R952i

Tristan Newens was the only 2020 Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year finalist running a trailed sprayer. He explains why he made the switch away from a self-propelled and how…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Michael Knight's Sands Horizon 5500

Experienced spray man Michael Knight now runs a modestly specced but high-output Sands Horizon 5500, which replaced a five-year-old 4,000-litre Vision in February. He tells us how it has performed…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: FSOOTY winner Matt Fuller's Bateman RB35

Matt Fuller, winner of Syngenta's Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year competition for 2020, gives us the lowdown on his Bateman RB35 fitted with Capstan's pulse-width modulation system. He works…

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Video

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Video: Horsch reveal drilling innovations and tillage tweaks

German implement maker Horsch is experiencing strong UK sales from its tillage and crop protection machines. However, with the uncertainty surrounding glyphosate regulation and Brexit, the company thinks that exploring…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Video: How nozzle choice affects spray quality and efficacy

Selecting the appropriate sprayer nozzle for pre-emergence weed control is an important step in cutting spray drift and maximising the efficacy of the chemicals being applied. There are four key…

SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

Video: Cereals sprayers in action

Manufacturers flocked from far and wide to demonstrate their latest machines in the Sprays and Sprayers arena at this year’s Cereals event. From the smallest mounted units to the largest…

MACHINERY

3 Cereals videos: Top tractors, cultivation kit and sprayers

Machinery makers from across the globe flocked to Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire this week (10-15 June) for the annual Cereals 2015 event. We captured a few highlights from the tractor manufacturers, cultivation…

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