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Winter is Coming on December 21st

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Dec 11, 2015

Winter is set to begin on December 21st, however, just a peek outside the window or a stroll down 100GallonDe-Ice-2.jpgthe street tells a different story for a lot of folks around the country. Many of you are already dealing with freezing temperatures and piles of snow. So even if winter hasn’t “officially” started, we thought we would highlight a few of our previous posts that will help you and your sprayer handle the cold just a bit easier.

1) Perform an end of season calibration.

You should calibrate your sprayer one last time before you store it. We previously posted an 8 step guide to make this process as easy as possible. Another popular tool to consider for your calibrating arsenal should be the Sprayer Calibration Calculator App.

2) Winterizing Will Save You Time Next Spring.

Spend a little bit of time today servicing your sprayer so you can be up and running in no time when busy season starts again. We have many useful posts that will guide you through the easy process of winterizing your spray equipment. Check some of our most popular posts below!

3) Consider a De-Icing Sprayer . 

Take a look at the Kings Sprayers® 100 Gallon De-Icing Skid Sprayer. This is an ideal sprayer to mount on the back of a utility vehicle, and is used to spray de-icer. Different uses for the skid like watering and dust control makes this sprayer useful all year round! For pricing and full specs please visit the link below.

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Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, Maintenance, Boom Sprayer, Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, winterize sprayer, spray tips, Sprayer Calibration, Calibrating a Boom Sprayer, sprayer tips and tricks, sprayer safety, service, calibrating app, purchasing a sprayer, things to consider

How to Keep Your Sprayer in Top Shape

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Take care of your sprayer and it will take care of you. Yes, your sprayer is a big investment and you want to make sure it's well taken care of. Proper use, care and maintenance will ensure your investment holds its value for years to come. Check out these tips from past blog posts to keep your sprayer in top shape!KingsSpayers_100_Gallon_Skid_Sprayer.jpg

1.) Use Equipment Properly

Proper training is needed for anyone operating the sprayer. This will ensure that your sprayer can hold up to years of hard work with minimal damages due to improper handling. You can also avoid work-related injuries by ensuring proper use of your spray equipment.

Take a look at some of these posts to help you get the most out of your sprayer:

2.) Perform Preventive Maintenance

Servicing your sprayer will help you prevent downtime and increase productivity. We are big advocates of performing maintenance on a timely basis before issues arise, to help you save time and money. We have many blog posts filled with useful information to help you service and maintain your sprayer. Visit some of the following posts to help you get started on your maintenance plan:

  • Spray Equipment Maintenance Tips to Implement This Fall -  This post features a couple of maintenance tips that should be performed during fall season. It also includes a FREE downloadable checklist that you can use to keep track of your spray equipment’s maintenance requirements.

3.) Don't Forget to Winterize

Winterizing your sprayer every year is a must. This is the perfect time to do a full inspection of all sprayer components, replace or repair as necessary, clean and store to prolong the life of your trusted sprayer. Winter time is coming soon, so why not be ready for this end-of-year tune up! Here are some of our favorite posts to help you with this upcoming task:

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Topics: Winterizing Spray Equipment, Maintenance, Boom Sprayer, Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, winterize sprayer, spray tips, Sprayer Calibration, Calibrating a Boom Sprayer, sprayer tips and tricks, sprayer safety, service, calibrating app, purchasing a sprayer, things to consider

4 Features of the New Sprayer Calibration Calculator App

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Sep 17, 2014

Sprayer Calibration CalculatorRecently Corn and Soybean Digest reported on a newly released smartphone app called Sprayer Calibration Calculator that is designed to assist spray applicators with calibrating a pesticide sprayer. The app was developed by the University of Illinois Extension and is available free to those with Apple and Android phones. As we’ve shared in previous posts, the cost of wasted chemicals can be high when your best tool isn’t set up right.

We took a closer look at the app, developed by Scott Bretthauer, an Extension Specialist in the pesticide safety education program, which includes functions to determine nozzle flow rate, among other things.

The Sprayer Calibration Calculator app allows users to select from one of four main options, including:

1.) Calibration:

This setting allows users to calibrate four different sprayer types, including: aircraft, ground rig, turf boom and boomless. Within each of these sections, the app offers sprayer calibration scenarios that can then be saved for future reference.

We explored the ground rig option for sprayer calibration that starts by entering in a few variables, including: application speed, nozzle spacing and targeted GPA. The app then calculates the required nozzle flow rate in gallons per minute. It’s pretty simple. Note that the boomless option is identical to prompts in the ground rig option, but asks for swath width rather than nozzle spacing. All good so far.

2.) PSI for GPM:

The next section is the ever-important setting that allows users to calculate required pressure (in pounds per square inch, or PSI) in order to provide a specific flow rate (in gallons per minute, or GPM), or do the opposite. A good example of its use was identified in the U or I July/August 2014 issue of the Illinois Pesticide Review that mentions this would come in handy if the flow rate isn’t listed in the nozzle manufacturer’s flow rate table. Or for those “my dog ate it” scenarios.

3.) Nozzle Speed:

The third offering in the app is pretty self-explanatory and should only be used with sprayers that have a flow control system. In short, it lists the minimum and maximum speeds for a specific nozzle.

4.) Convert Value:

Lastly, the convert value function assists users with some of the commonly associated pesticide application-related unit conversions that could be useful as a quick reference guide.

In a prepared statement that discussed how to use the smartphone application, Bretthauer explained that when using the smartphone application, “for most variables, touching the name of the variable brings up a definition of what the variable is and how it is measured.” It also looks like the developer has plans to add a function to assist with tank mix calculations, which could be fun, and more.

If you have the chance to check it out, let us know what you think in the comments below.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, sprayers, pest control, Apps on the Sprayer Depot blog, Pesticide Applicators, calibrating a sprayer, pesticides, Pesticide Application Technology, Pesticide Application, Pesticide spraying, Pesticide applicator, Spray apps, apps for spraying agriculture, pest control app, Sprayer Calibration, sprayer checklist, Sprayer Set Up, Calibrating a Boom Sprayer, Boom Sprayer Calibration, sprayer tips and tricks, University of Illinois, Scott Bretthauer

How To Manage Spray Drift in 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Aug 27, 2014

Kings SprayerImagine you’re applying pesticides using a backpack sprayer. Or, just the same, you’re spraying from a truck using a tank, pump and hose to apply chemicals. Maybe you’re using a boom setup. For that matter, you could even be piloting an airplane and in each situation the definition of spray drift is the same.

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency: “pesticide drift is the movement of pesticide dust or droplets through the air at the time of application or soon after, to any site other than the area intended.”

We’re all aware of those two dreaded words: Spray Drift. While the repercussions of it vary for each industry and application type, the definition and solutions to manage spray drift are similar. In many of these scenarios above the issue with spray drift can lead to spotty pest control, wasted chemicals, off-target damage, water and air quality issues and higher costs. That last one really hurts. As the public becomes more aware of pesticide concerns, and regulators are quick to slap fines, spray drift management from that standpoint is vital to our livelihood.

Much like you take precautions to protect yourself with your work attire by making sure to wear proper clothing, eye protection and closed-toe shoes, you should also consider these five steps to manage spray drift from Sprayer Depot.

  1. Avoid spraying when weather conditions are unfavorable. I know, I know. You’ve heard this time and time again that weather affects spray drift. It’s true though and often times we get so caught up in our day-to-day that we ignore this important factor. Think about the day’s conditions as it relates to wind, temperature and humidity, air stability, etc. Know your product labels well and understand these requirements, even for wind velocity. Make adjustments accordingly. It may, even on the extreme end, require you to reschedule that day’s work. Also think about how droplet size factors into the weather issue. Large droplets are less likely to drift in general because they fall more quickly, evaporate more slowly and are less affected by the wind given their size. We like that.
  2. Consider using buffer zones. This aspect is becoming more important given label requirements these days. These "no spray zones" serve as a barrier to protect sensitive areas and vary greatly for each landscape, equipment and application type. Design of a buffer area depends on variables like spray method, wind, chemical type and the type of sensitive area that you’re trying to avoid. In general there is not a one-size-fits-all rule.
  3. Try new technologies like drift reduction nozzles. We recently spoke to Mark Techler with Hypro & SHURflo Ag and Industrial Pumps and Accessories in a recent blog post about drift control spray tips. He explained that these drift control spray tips “use air induction to produce air filled droplets, which dramatically reduce drift compared to conventional tips.” He went on to share the benefits of this new tech and offered up the Hypro SprayIT Calculator as a resource the next time your considering one of these new parts.
  4. Lower spray (boom) heights. It makes sense. The higher the boom, and thus the spray nozzle, are above the target, the more likely that wind will move droplets away from the intended area. Your nozzle label will offer a recommendation on nozzle height, which can serve as a good starting point to adjust the boom height. However, often those recommendations for nozzle height are much higher than optimum on large application equipment traveling at higher speeds. Of course, you want to ensure the boom isn’t too low, which can create uneven patterns. A 1:1 boom height has generally been the standard, but some recommend getting a tad closer so we recommend using the manufacturer recommendation as a starting point and working down from there – take into account your unique landscape and spray mechanics. 
  5. Use lower pressures.  In general, the concept that we’ve all heard is to use lower pressures, which result in larger droplets. However, in today’s application world this method might need some adjusting given the new technologies with drift control spray nozzles. With the design of some drift control spray nozzles that introduce air induction, these tips will create a drop in pressure while still producing larger droplets. 

Your actions can affect spray drift. After all, you CAN control the equipment you use and the field conditions you spray. So while you may not have control over the weather or even the neighboring property, you can be empowered by these 5 easy steps to manage spray drift and you have the opportunity to educate your team, too.

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Calibrating Your Boom Sprayer

Posted by Marketing Manager on Mon, Dec 16, 2013

Contributed by Guest Blogger: Robert Wolf
Professor Emeritus
Kansas State University
bob@rewolfconsulting.com
 
 

Calibrating a sprayer is critical to making an accurate and safe application of a crop protection product.  Typically, calibration is defined as checking the sprayer output to make sure it is spraying the proper amount of material as stipulated by the label for the product you are applying. 150 Gallon 3 Point Hitch with 12' Boom

With today’s modern boom sprayer, electronic rate controllers are used to maintain a uniform application volume (GPA) across the sprayed field.  However, even if the rate controller is accurately measuring the amount of output is not necessarily guaranteeing that each nozzle is exactly at the same output.  In other words, if one or more nozzles were clogged emitting no spray, it is likely that the rate controller will still be reporting an accurate application volume.  With clogged nozzles there would not be a uniform application and skips in spray would result in crop protection breakdown.  In fact, the nozzle next to the clogged nozzle is likely to be over applying to compensate because of the demand from the rate controller to maintain a uniform application volume.  Thus, one aspect of calibration is making sure that every nozzle on the spray boom is spraying as near as possible the same amount of material.  This can only be done with a collection so that the output of every nozzle on the boom is known.  A typical collection would involve using a catch container and a stop watch to measure each nozzles flow and compare.

A new tool for calibration is the SpotOn® digital sprayer calibrator.  This tool is accurate for most boom sprayer setups and ideal for longer booms with more nozzles.  More information on this device can be found at www.innoquestinc.com.

 

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Topics: Boom Sprayer, Calibrating a Boom Sprayer, Boom Sprayer Calibration, How to Calibrate a Boom Sprayer, Robert Wolf Kansas State University

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