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


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…


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…


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…


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


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…


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…


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…


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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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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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…


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…


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…


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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Mazzotti adds Deere sprayer tech to self-propelled range

John Deere-owned Italian sprayer maker Mazzotti has added a new flagship model to its self-propelled range. The 4,000-litre MAF 4080 joins the existing MAF 2580 (2,500-litre), 3180 (3,000-litre) and 3580…


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…


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…


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…

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Test and reviews


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…


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…


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…


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: 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…


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…


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…


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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