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Spraying and fertilising

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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…

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

Top tips for building the perfect sprayer filling area

A covered area for storing, filling and servicing the farm sprayer can be as grand or as simple as you like. Either way, it’s a facility that can provide more…

ARABLE

10 top ways to apply Avadex granules

One of the big talking points among the machinery lines at this year’s Cereals Event will no doubt be how to apply Avadex granules to combat blackgrass. Peter Hill reports…

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Archive

What to do when sprayer 'grandfather rights' expire

On 26 November 2015 it will no longer be legal to spray professional products under what are called "grandfather rights" without a recognised certificate of competence. It will also be…

Operator experience at heart of new Househam Merlin sprayer

A lot of thought has gone into getting the operator experience right on the latest self-propelled sprayer from one of Britain's leading manufacturers. The Househam Merlin comes with a larger…

FarmGem sprayer wins simplicity vote

The decision to take on the first production models of a new machine is not one that many farmers take lightly. But it didn't put off farm manager Stewart Watt,…

Getting the right nozzle

Nozzles that project their sprays at an angle rather than vertically feature prominently in the selection used by an award-winning sprayer operator. Peter Hill reports Flushed with the success of…

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Case studies

CEREAL DRILLS

Bespoke liquid fert kits improve no-till drilled crop performanc...

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…

Wiltshire contractor doubles output with smart slurry pump

Umbilical slurry spreading is definitely a Marmite job – some people just can’t get enough of it, while for many it’s something to steer well clear of. The traditional set-up…

SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

Aberdeen farmer slashes his fert bill by home-brewing nitrogen

Arable farming in Aberdeenshire can be seriously tough and, after a near financially crippling year, Stuart Davidson decided to rethink the way he operated. Part of that process included cutting…

ARABLE

Giant 8,000-litre sprayer ups Yorkshire grower's work rate

When you’ve got more than 16,000ha worth of agrochemical and suspension fertiliser to apply you need some pretty serious sprayer capacity. Until recently, Doncaster-based contractor Robert Todd chewed through this…

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Insights

SPRAYERS

Beds farmer rates trailed Horsch Leeb sprayer

Switching from a self-propelled to high-spec trailed has taken the chore out of spraying for one Bedfordshire farm manager, with a Horsch Leeb 6LT and Fendt 828 combo offering both…

MACHINERY

7 twin-disc fertiliser spreader options for farmers

Fertiliser application technology has advanced rapidly in recent years, with weigh cells, border-spreading devices and section control transforming the accuracy of the ever-popular twin-disc spreader. Unsurprisingly, this increase in technical…

SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

Accurate satellite images improve nitrogen efficiency

An increase in the number of satellites whizzing around in space means growers have access to more frequent and better-quality crop imagery than ever before. For the farmer, that means…

SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

Farmers compare closed transfer systems for pesticides

Sprayer operators may soon be required to use a closed system for transferring certain liquid pesticides from the can to the spray tank and, for the first time, key industry…

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News

CEREALS

Cereals 2018: Sprayers and spreaders

The Cereals event returned to its regular southern haunt at Chrishall Grange, Cambridgeshire this week. Farmers Weekly’s Machinery team delved into the sprays and sprayers ring in search of the latest…

MACHINERY

Farmers in control at Sprayer Demo Day

With some self-propelled sprayers now costing the same as your average three-bed detached house in the Lake District, it’s no wonder farmers are keener than ever to get time in…

SPRAYERS

Drive the latest self-propelled kit at Sprayer Demo Day

This year's Sprayer Demo Day takes place at the Warter Priory Estate, North Dalton, Driffield and gives interested parties the chance to take the latest machines for a spin on…

MACHINERY

Agrifac reveals technology packed Endurance sprayer

Agrifac has experienced a meteoric rise in agricultural machinery terms. In 2008 the firm built a mere 20 self-propelled sprayers, compared with last year when this figure peaked at 200,…

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Test and reviews

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Grower's verdict on Berthoud's Vantage sprayer

Berthoud’s new Vantage trailed machine won the affection of Essex grower Gavin Rowsell when he changed his sprayer last summer, seeing off other suitors with the promise of top after-sales…

SPRAYERS

Beds farmer rates trailed Horsch Leeb sprayer

Switching from a self-propelled to high-spec trailed has taken the chore out of spraying for one Bedfordshire farm manager, with a Horsch Leeb 6LT and Fendt 828 combo offering both…

SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

Farmer rates JCB Fastrac 4000 and Landquip demount sprayer

Demount sprayers have often been panned by the spraying purists, who tend to believe a tailor-made self-propelled is the go-to concept for pesticide application. Suffolk grower Sam Slater disagrees, however,…

SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

Driver's view: Kent farmer rates his Alanco Sprayranger

Since its heyday in the 1980s, the light and nimble low-ground-pressure sprayer has been gradually phased out In favour of bigger, higher-capacity alternatives. But for many operators across the country,…

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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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