6 Steps To Improve Sprayer Performance

A thorough checkup and taking advantage of new technology can enhance the effectiveness of your spraying applications.

Remember when spraying season was just a week or two in the spring?

With today’s technologies and options available for pest-management, your sprayer can be used throughout the growing season.

Timing and accuracy are essential to controlling pests, so a well-tuned sprayer is one of the most important tools on your farm.

Before the season starts, check the following areas of your sprayer:

1 Clean and inspect filters, and the seals around the filters. If they plug or leak, they’ll cause you grief later. Get in the habit of cleaning them frequently.

2 Make sure all fittings are tight, and that hoses are in good working condition. Check the pump and valves for leakage and repair where necessary. Filling the sprayer with water and doing a pressure check is the best way to make sure the sprayer is ready to go.

3 Make sure the wiring harnesses that control valves and flow meters are tied up correctly and are not damaged.

4 Examine the tank mounts and re-adjust the tank and/or straps to make sure the tank is secure and riding properly in the saddle.

5 Make sure the monitor is calibrated properly so you don’t have any surprises.

6 Do a nozzle output consistency test. Variation in nozzle output can cause over- and under-application across the width of the boom and can lead to pest-control failures.

The easiest way to do this test is buy a calibration bottle and follow these instructions:

  • Thoroughly clean the sprayer and fill it…
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Jim Leverich

No-Till Farmer's Conservation Ag Operator Fellow for 2022, Jim Leverich is a no-till farmer near Sparta, Wis. His 1,000 acre-farm has been in his family since 1864 and no-tilled since 1984. An innovator and educator, Leverich has 35-plus years of no-till and on-farm research experience, and possesses a deep, practical understanding of what makes no-till work. For his contributions while at the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service, Leverich was named the No-Till Innovator of the Year (Research & Education category) in 2006. A talented presenter and writer, Leverich was a regular guest columnist for No-Till Farmer in 2011 when it earned the Gold Medal as the nation’s top newsletter from the American Society of Business Press Editors.

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