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5 Apps That Every Horticulturist Should Download Now

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Fri, Jun 16, 2017

Horticulturists everywhere will benefit from these 5 apps. From help with identifying plants, treating diseases and receiving alerts about local pests, these apps provide useful information on-the-go.

Landscaper's Companion

This extensive plant database alphabetically lists more than 26,000 plants. It also provides specific plant information, such as the sun and water requirements, the time of year the plant blooms and mature plant size. To view a picture of a certain plant, search for it in the large plant database that lists over 21,000 plant photos. This app is simple to use because it allows you to perform searches by entering the plant name or plant type. You can also create your own plant catalog with photos.

Leafsnap

You'll definitely want to take advantage of this mobile app, not just because it's free, but because it utilizes visual recognition software to recognize various kinds of trees. Leafsnap.jpgAll you have to do is take a picture of the tree leaf in question and the app will identify the species for you. In addition, the app has a large image database with pictures of fruits, flowers, seeds, petioles and the bark of each tree.

The Plant Doctor

If you're ever unsure about a certain plant disease, fill out the online form on the app, snap a few photos and send your query to plant pathologist Scot Nelson, who is also the app's developer. After Nelson receives the information, he will reply shortly with an answer and a treatment recommendation.

Bugs and Insects Expanded Edition

Insects can also create havoc with plants and any horticulturist will benefit from having this handy app. With its large database of over 5000 bug images, you'll be able to identify any crawling critter you come across. Another benefit to this is app is that if you're deep in the middle of nowhere, you can still use it because you don't need an internet connection to view the images.

Audubon Wildflowers

This app includes thousands of photos, detailed range maps, in-depth descriptions, state-of-the art search functions and more. Search by color, region, shape and other advanced search options.

These time-saving apps allow horticulturists to perform their jobs more efficiently and timely. Try out one or all of them and you'll wonder how you ever made it without them.

Topics: Spray apps, horticulture, Pest control sprayers

Guest Post: Comparison of Roller to Diaphragm Pumps for Horticultural Spraying

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Thu, Oct 08, 2015

Contributed by Guest Blogger: 
Mark Techler,  Factory Representative - Hypro & SHURflo Ag and Industrial Pumps and Accessories

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Most horticultural spraying equipment (those spraying fruits, vegetables, ornamental foliage, lawns, shrubs, and in nurseries) use either roller or diaphragm pumps. Here are some thoughts when considering which kind of pump to buy.

Match the pump to your spray material. Consult the chemical labels of the herbicide, pesticide, fungicide, or fertilizer you are pumping. Make sure you have the proper flow going to the spray nozzles or gun with enough flow left for agitation. Then match the flow and pressure to the pump performance chart. Do not buy a pump based on specifications shown on a price list. Consult the pump performance chart and notice that a pump will not perform at the max gpm and max psi. This is particularly true of roller pumps.

Match the pump to the duty. Roller pump life depends on the pump body material. Here is a rough estimate based on our tests:

Cast iron – 150 hours

Ni-Resist – 300 hours

SilverCast – 1000 hours

4001C_originalDiaphragm pumps, properly maintained, can last many 1000s of hours because the spray material is isolated from the drive components by a synthetic rubber diaphragm. We have seen them last over 30,000 hours. Plan on changing your diaphragms every 500 to 1000 hours of use, depending on rpm, psi, liquid pumped, and if the pump is flushed after use.

Analyze your costs. For example, both the 7560C cast iron roller pump ($154.55*) and the 9910-D30 diaphragm pump ($494.19*) will operate at 9 gpm/150 psi/ 540 rpm. The roller pump costs much less but will last a shorter time, which might make sense if you are spraying 50 hours per year. The diaphragm pump will have a higher initial cost but make sense if you are a commercial user pumping 1000 hours per year. Roller pumps can be repaired but it is difficult to predict if the repaired pump will perform close to new pump specs. For that reason, many worn roller pumps are scrapped. Diaphragm pumps will need the diaphragms replaced, but the pump will return to new pump performance.

Assess drive and plumbing. Roller pumps can run directly on a PTO shaft and will need a gear reduced engine or belts and pulleys for engine drive. The exception is 4101 series which can run directly on an engine up to 2600 rpm. Diaphragm pumps can run directly on a PTO and are available with gearboxes for engines. A relief valve, which is required for either pump, must be added to a roller pump system but is generally included as an attachment on a diaphragm pump.

If you have any questions consult the experts at Sprayer Depot. 

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Topics: Hypro, Diaphragm pumps, sprayer, Roller Pump, spray tips, spray nozzle, horticulture, Guest blog

2015 Sprayer Related Industry Trends

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jan 07, 2015

designed by Freepik.comAs we close the books on 2014, let’s take a look at what’s in store for sprayer-related industries in 2015. The US economy continues to rebound and so do many of the sprayer-related industries we’ll cover here. Using industry reports and news as a source, we’ve provided a top-line view of the 2015 outlook for the lawn and landscape, pest control, golf and recreation, agriculture, and horticulture industries.

Lawn & Landscape 2015 Outlook

As the industry rebounds, reports here and here show that the improving housing market, commercial construction and property occupancy rates are among positive factors that boosted the industry last year and project an even stronger 2015. Not only are landscape companies anticipating increases in installation and maintenance, but equipment dealers are also seeing solid gains. 

Pest Control 2015 Outlook

IBIS World, a market research company, reports that the pest control industry is in the growth phase of its life cycle citing rising demand for industry services due to increased number of pests and use of extermination services. It’s interesting to note that Forbes.com recently reported on a Sageworks study that lists Services to Building and Dwellings, including pest control, as a top five industry to start a business.

Golf & Recreation 2015 Outlook

Mike Zawacki, editor of the Golf Course Industry magazine, said it best in that “we’re constantly discussing the state of the industry … as we see it.” His recap shares that being good stewards of existing resources, such as water, will continue to be a focus for the industry as we all seek to create a more sustainable and environmentally responsible golf course. This is a theme not just for golf, but also for many industries in this post.

Agriculture 2015 Outlook

The Agriculture industry outlook is up and down. According to recent reports from BusinessWeek and Farm Equipment, farm machinery sales are projected to continue to slump in 2015 as a result of falling crop prices, though other factors also appear to be contributing to an overall slowdown. To that end, the Des Moines Register reported the Department of Agriculture said farmers predicted plantings of the eight major field crops – corn soybeans, wheat, cotton, sorghum, barley, oats and rice – will amount to 3.8 million acres less than 2014 calculations. It’s not all bad though; long-term industry outlooks remain unchanged from current levels and show slow, steady gains.

Horticulture 2015 Outlook

In the Horticulture Industry, the Garden Media Group 2015 Garden Trends Report shows an interesting consumer focus towards products that are environmentally friendly and safe. While there’s still debate according to Horticulture Week about the flower of the year, one thing these reports all shed light on is a focus for consumers to spend more time outdoors. That great news extends to lawn and landscape industry vendors as well.

Of course, what these reports convey can only be taken with a grain of salt as each business and region within a given sector may experience varied results than the industry projection. To that end, no one can truly project what’s in store. For the most part, the overall economy continues to rebound creating a trickle effect that bolsters each industry outlook as well.

Here’s to getting into the habit of writing 2015 on everything.

Happy Spraying!

 

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