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Get Your Spray Equipment Ready For Spring With These Tips!

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Mar 23, 2016

Spring is the perfect time to get your spray equipment ready for an effective application.sprayerparts.jpg

Spring is officially here, which means spray season is finally underway. Investing some time in your sprayer today will yield great results tomorrow. Before you head out to the field, we want to share a few tips that will help you improve the performance of your sprayer this season:

To Avoid Spray Drift

  1. Replace spray tips and nozzles immediately if you notice a change in flow rate or a change in pattern distribution.
  2. Monitor the weather and check for wind speed and direction before you spray.
  3. When using herbicides and pesticides, you will often find the gallons per acre (GPA) and droplet size requirements listed on the label, so read it carefully.
  4. Set the correct boom height to ensure proper spray pattern and overlap.
  5. Invest in good drift control spray tips to help you improve efficacy. 
  6. Avoid spray drift by calibrating your sprayer at least once per season. 

To Maintain Your Sprayer

  1. Service spray equipment by following a timely schedule.
  2. Make sure to only use clean water when servicing your sprayer.
  3. Flush the spray pump after every use.
  4. Always flush the poly tank to ensure there is no sediment at the bottom. 
  5. If your sprayer is mounted on a truck or UTV, make sure to check the vehicle itself. 

To Decrease Downtime

  1. Put together an Emergency Kit that contains a few spare parts.
  2. Teach other applicators how to use the spray equipment properly. 
  3. Bookmark how-to guides and instructional repair videos for easy access when something breaks.
  4. Rely on Sprayer Depot if you need extra help!

Located in Florida? Our convenient retail showroom is a one-stop shop for all your spray equipment needs. We offer a full inventory just like on our website, and we also repair equipment, regardless of where you bought it! We have 3 service bays, which means plenty of space to accommodate just about any repair. Our Repair Technicians are ready to help 5 days a week. 

Don't hesitate to give us a call if you need help with a repair, or if you want to schedule a service appointment at our Orlando, FL retail location. Just call 800-228-0905.

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Topics: sprayers, spray tips, spray drift, Sprayer Spring Tune-up, nozzles

Spring Spraying Made Easy: 3 Tips For a Better Application

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Mar 09, 2016

 

2016-03-07_15-25-11.pngSpring is finally here and the warmer temperatures provide welcome relief. However, spring can also bring unpredictable weather. From heavy rains to windy days and even the occasional cold spell, it’s hard to determine the best time for your application. The spraying business doesn’t stop to wait for perfect timing, so as the saying goes, "the show must go on"! 

There are many tips & tricks when it comes to spring spraying but we've gathered 3 tips we feel will have a bigger impact on your application. 

Don't get caught unprepared, get your sprayer ready for an effective application by reading below:

Reduce Spray Drift

We all know weather affects spray drift, so monitoring wind speed is not only considered smart business but also a good safety precaution. Before you start spraying, follow these steps to reduce spray drift:

  • Spray at low wind velocities
  • Lower spraying pressures to allow for a larger droplet size
  • Use drift control spray tips
  • Monitor wind direction to avoid spraying upwind from sensitive crops, homes or other areas
If you are looking for more in-depth information on spray drift, please read our previous blog post “How To Manage Spray Drift in 5 Easy Steps”.

Check Nozzle Spacing

Prevent off-target movement by checking the spacing between nozzles. Nozzle spacing depends on the spray angle of the nozzle tips and their height from the target in order to achieve the proper overlap. A 1:1 relationship between nozzle spacing and boom height is recommended (i.e. 15” boom height = 15” nozzle spacing). Another benefit of ensuring proper spacing is reduced drift and better coverage.

Verify Spray Pattern

Spray pattern should be uniform across nozzles. So how can you verify this? You could use a tester specifically designed to check the spraying pattern, however, there’s an easier and inexpensive way to do this yourself.

Simply spray water over gravel or concrete and watch the area dry. If you notice streaks as it dries then it means you've sprayed unevenly and one or more of your nozzles needs to be replaced.

Easy, right? That’s it, follow these helpful tips this spring to keep your application on-target and on-budget! 

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Topics: sprayers, spray tips, spray drift, spray pattern

4 Benefits of New Spray Drift Technology

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Apr 20, 2015

Sprayer TipsToday we’ll talk about that dreaded term — spray drift. It’s one of the basic principals of spraying that spray applicators do their best to control and there are a number of factors to consider. The type of spray drift we’re talking about is when an application like pesticides misses its intended target. It makes the task at hand a bit more complicated. You need to factor in wind, droplet size, height, materials used, and so much more.

Here we’ll walk through some of the drift reduction technologies and tips of the trade that you’ll benefit from in the long run, and that might make controlling it easier.

There is a range of drift reduction technologies out there. The most popular, and those that the EPA recommends, include:

Nozzles
As our friends at Hypro have stated, drift control spray tips are often the smallest and most overlooked components of a sprayer. The technology now involves air induction thus allowing for air-filled droplets that reduce drift significantly compared to conventional nozzles.  

Spray Shields and Buffer Zones
These added barriers help 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.

Drift-Reducing Adjuvant Chemicals
These drift control agents are mixed with your product to enhance performance by changing the droplet size. These adjuvants are used to control drift and slow evaporation once the application hits its intended target.

Now these and other spray drift technologies can be of benefit to applicators and the environment in general for a number of reasons. Here are the four benefits of implementing these new spray drift technologies:

1. Reduce loss of chemicals, like pesticides

2. Keep more of the applied product on the intended target, such as on crops

3. Limit exposure to people, wildlife and the environment

4. Reduce risk of damage and liabilities from off-target drift

All in all, these drift-reducing methods should result in more products being deposited on the intended target and fewer issues with drift.

Topics: sprayers, pest control, spray tips, Pesticide Application Technology, Pesticide Application, spray tip selection, spray drift, spray tip selector, drift control spray tip, drift control

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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6 Reasons Why You Need Drift Control Spray Tips

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Wed, Jul 16, 2014

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


Spray tips
are the smallest and most overlooked components of a sprayer. Drift control spray tips use air induction to produce air filled droplets, which dramatically reduce drift compared to conventional tips. Here are the benefits: 

  1. Reduce off target spray. Your neighbors don’t want your ag chemicals on their property.
  2. Improve efficacy. It is estimated that 30% of conventionally sprayed droplets drift off target, land on the ground, or evaporate (leaving the active ingredient inert). Reduce that drift to 2% and achieve better results.
  3. Improve coverage. Air filled droplets stick to their target while conventional droplets may bounce off. When the air bubbles break the surface tension of the droplet, the spray material becomes more dispersed on the target.  
  4. Improve spray quality. The chemical label shows a droplet size category, which can vary from extremely fine to ultra coarse, at which the product must be applied for optimum results. Air induction tips produce more consistent droplet diameters than conventional tips.
  5. Save money. With improved efficacy and coverage you may require less chemical and less water to finish the job. With improved efficacy and coverage likely you will only need to spray once, saving money and time.
  6. Be environmentally responsible. Keep herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers confined to their targets and out of drinking water supplies and the aquifer.

Before you buy any spray tips, it is also important to know:

  1. Your spray technique: broadcast or banding
  2. Sprayer speed (in mph)
  3. Tip spacing (20 inches, etc.)
  4. Application rate (from chemical label)
  5. Spray tip flow rate (GPA or GPM)
  6. Spray pattern: flat fan or cone
  7. Spray quality (fine, medium, coarse, etc. from chemical label)

Armed with this information, use the Hypro SprayIT Calculator to select drift reduction tips. Hypro has designed this online calculator to make it easy to select the proper spray tip for your application. Given the information we just covered, all you need to do is select the type of application and input your specific application data and the calculator with do the rest.

Topics: Sprayer Depot, Sprayer Parts, spray equipment checklist, sprayer, spray tips, spray tip, spray tip selection, Sprayer Parts Guide, sprayer checklist, sprayer nozzle, spray drift, spray tip calculator, tip selector, tip selection, spray tip selector, drift control spray tip, drift control

5 things You Should Consider to Avoid Spray Drift

Posted by Sprayer Depot on Mon, Apr 14, 2014

Source: http://www.ars.usda.gov

Lowering the risk of spray drift is a top priority for any applicator due to the many problems associated with drift. Ranging from government fines to crop damage, spray drift can be a great liability to applicators if not managed appropriately.

In order to get the most out of your applications this spring, while lowering your potential for spray drift, here are five tips to help you get the most out of your safe spring applications.

  1. Select the right nozzle for your application   Nozzle Body

    Serving as one of the most important ways to cut down on spray drift, choose the right nozzle based on your application, rate of application and speed. Refer to your spray nozzle’s manufacturer chart to help with the selection.

    Most applications this spring, the trend leans toward using a nozzle that produces a larger droplet. For these applications, the larger droplets are favored because they are easier to control and complete coverage isn’t as much of a concern with soil incorporated and preemergence applications.

  2. Use an appropriate amount of pressure for your nozzle selection 

    Based on your speed and nozzle selection, you should always stay within the recommended speeds to get the most efficient coverage and to maintain the amount of product sprayed per acre.

  3.  Drive at the speed for which you are calibrated                                   

    After selecting the nozzle you want to use and the best pressure for your desired application rate, be aware of your speed. By slowing down or speeding up, you will change the application rate if you don’t adjust your pressure. Pressure that is too high for your setup is just as bad as pressure that is set too low.

    To maintain your application rate per acre, you need to increase your pressure if you increase your speed.                                         

  4. Be aware of boom height Kings 50 Gallon Skid Sprayer with electric boom

    Especially in windy conditions, a boom too high off the soil can contribute to spray drift potential. The higher your booms are set the longer the distance each droplet has to fall, which gives your application more time to travel off path before reaching the desired location.

  5.  Watch for changes in weather 

    High winds can increase your chances for spray drift, but you should also try to avoid humid conditions as well. Warmer temperatures paired with low humidity levels will cause droplets to evaporate faster and contribute to vapor drift, according to Iowa State University’s article, Spray Drift Potential Increases during Warm Weather Applications.

     

Topics: sprayers, spray tips, spray drift, spray nozzle

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