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

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…

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…

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Case studies

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…

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…

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Insights

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…

TECHNOLOGY

Spot-spraying system could save millions on herbicides

A new weed-seeking camera system on Agrifac’s Condor sprayers is able to detect unwanted plants in growing wheat crops before administering a targeted jet of chemical to wipe them out.…

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…

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…

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News

SLURRY TANKERS

Shanks launches low-slung, twin-chamber slurry tanker

A new slurry tanker has been unveiled by Irish manufacturer Shanks, which it claims is safer than other models on the market. The design incorporates two internal chambers, allowing the…

SPRAYERS

New 310hp engine for Horsch's Leeb self-propelled sprayers

Horsch has improved its offering in the market for broad-boom, high-tank-capacity sprayers with the launch of new self-propelled machines and the promise of a big trailed model to be unveiled…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Berthoud sprayers get three-fold steel booms

In a bid to neaten up the design of its bigger sprayers, Berthoud has introduced a three-fold version of its popular Axiale steel boom. Until recently, it was only the…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Horsch adds cheaper AX to Leeb sprayer range

Horsch has established itself as one of the lead names in the trailed sprayer conversation, but its Leeb machines tend to be priced at the upper end of the market.…

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Test and reviews

SPRAYERS

Vicon unveils updated T4 trailed sprayer range

Vicon has launched a T-series sprayer range that brings smarter technology and easier operation to its trailed line up. The likely volume seller in the Kubota-owned company’s new fleet is…

SPRAYERS

Driver’s view: Chafer Interceptor F-4000 sprayer

We asked five operators to run through the good points and bad points of their self-propelled sprayers and explain why they picked them. This time we’re focusing on British-built machines…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Suffolk farmer rates his 2018 Landquip CV228

We asked five operators to run through the good points and bad points of their self-propelled sprayers and explain why they picked them. This time we’re focusing on British-built machines…

FERTILISER SPREADERS

Driver’s view: Ryetec self-propelled fertiliser spreader

For specialist spreading contractors there’s a lot to be said for running a self-propelled machine rather than a tractor and trailed unit. Not only does it make the machine more…

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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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