Mechanisation: How to calibrate a boom sprayer

Farmers who protect their crops against weeds and pests by using a tractor-driven boom sprayer should ensure that it is set to spray the exact volume of chemical needed per hectare. Each season the availability and correct application of agricultural chemicals make the difference between crop failure and a profitable…

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Mechanisation: How to effectively use knapsack sprayers

The effective use of pesticides and herbicides is important for good yields in any crop, and could save you money and/or increase yields. To understand the methodology of chemical spraying one has to look at the principles of the spraying technique. HOW DROPLETS ARE FORMED Droplets are formed when a…

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Mechanisation: Pointers for buying a tractor

Before buying a tractor, you should first decide what it is going to be used for and whether you should rather consider purchasing a second-hand tractor. Thorough planning is the first step when buying expensive equipment and implements. Most commercial farmers need a tractor, but for many a newcomer, a…

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