Novel nozzle use by Swedes
A NOVEL approach to drift reduction developed in Sweden uses nozzles facing backwards at an angle of 38deg mounted above a flexible plastic crop deflector.
The Slapduk system was developed by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at Uppsala.
With a fine spray quality the system gave 40% less drift than a conventional system in well grown cereals and allowed water volume to be cut to 75litres/ha, claims Uppsalas Patrik Enfalt.
In potatoes haulm coverage was better to be used allowing reduced water volumes for crop desiccation.
Eight Swedish farmers are currently evaluating the system. *