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


How to retrofit old sprayers with automatic section control

Few people who have had a sprayer with auto-section control would consider going back to manual boom switching. Not only do these systems improve spraying accuracy and reduce overspray, but…


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…

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Case studies


Scots inventor goes contracting with home-made spot-sprayer

In 2021, Lanarkshire-based engineer Colin Taylor revealed an ingenious spot-spraying system that can identify weeds in grassland and treat them with a targeted dose of chemical. Just like high-end setups…


Downsized sprayer has many upsides for Cornish contractor

Howton Cropcare is now on its second McConnel Agribuggy, which it runs as part of a three-strong fleet of self-propelled sprayers but it has required several modifications to get the…


Driven trailed sprayer axle cuts downtime for contractor

Driven wheels might be a familiar feature on big trailers and tankers but, in a bid to get operators out of the odd sticky situation, Suffolk sprayer-maker Landquip has now…


Gloucs farm ups spraying accuracy with PWM alternative

Pulse-width modulation has been a topic of enthusiastic conversation among keen sprayer operators, but one farm hopes to get plenty of the benefits without such a steep up-front cost. Arable…

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FW Inventions Comp 2022: DJ's starter fert applicator

DJ's starter fert applicator is the winner of the intermediate category in our Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition 2022. Derek Howard, known as DJ, of Alton-based contractor Scribeland, built a starter…


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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Options expanded for closed-transfer sprayer filling

Serious concerns about operator and environmental safety when climbing onto sprayers to pour neat chemical into the top of tanks were raised by safety regulators as far back as the…


Granular applicator options for tackling grassweeds

Loss of herbicide actives and increasing resistance to post-emergence products in grassweed populations have all conspired to make several species much tougher to control. Just shy of 10 years ago,…


Cultan injection kit - how it can improve nitrogen efficiency

Injecting fertiliser into the soil rather than spreading or spraying it over the top may sound expensive and overcomplicated, but a growing number of farmers believe they have been rewarded…

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Dammann tri-axle trailed sprayer offers 20,000-litre capacity

Sprayers don’t get much bigger than the tri-axle Tridem from German maker Dammann, which sports a colossal 20,000-litre tank. The machine is designed for some of the biggest farms in…


Syngenta '3D ninety' nozzle gets four-star Lerap rating

Syngenta’s new 3D ninety nozzle has been awarded a four-star Lerap rating – the highest available in the UK testing system run by Silsoe Spray Applications Unit. It was found…


Cereals 2022: Sands launches flagship Infinity sprayer

Sands Agricultural Machinery has introduced a new flagship self-propelled sprayer with the option of 5,000- or 6,000-litre stainless-steel tanks and booms up to 40m wide. Dubbed the Infinity, this premium…


Cereals 2022: Amazone sprayers to get direct injection option

A novel product from Amazone gives farmers the option of injecting an additional chemical into the spray line in certain parts of the field. This allows problem patches of weeds…

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Test and reviews


Driver’s view: Matt Joseph’s Housham Air Ride AR4 Xtra

Shropshire sprayer operator Matt Joseph goes through the highs and lows of his 2022 Househam Air Ride AR4 Xtra with 4,000-litre tank and 24m boom. It's the third Houseman Air…


Driver's view: Steve May's trailed John Deere R962i sprayer

Steve May gives us the lowdown on his 2019 John Deere R962i trailed sprayer with 6,200-litre tank and 36m boom, which he runs for Northampton-based Fromant and Sanders. Find out…


Driver's view: Danny Milazzo's Fendt Rogator 645 sprayer

Danny Milazzo was the runner-up in last year’s Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year competition and is head sprayer operator for veg grower Drysdales, based in Berwickshire. He operates one…


Driver's view: Ashley Luke's Househam Air Ride 3500 sprayer

Somerset contractor Ashley Luke gives us the rundown on his 2014 Househam Air Ride with 3,500-litre tank and 24m boom. Find out how he rates his sprayer, what he likes…

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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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