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: A short guide for new farmers

Any new farmer should consider a number of aspects before deciding on a mechanisation package. Expert advice should be sought on soil conditions and the operations needed to plant a successful crop in that specific area. If a farmer knows which operations are needed on his land, he then knows…

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