Spray Application Manual
Published: 6 Feb 2017
About this manual
This Spray Application GrowNotes™ manual provides information on how various spraying systems and components work, along with those factors that the operator should consider to ensure the sprayer is operating to its full potential.
This manual focuses on issues that will assist in maintaining the accuracy of the sprayer output while improving the efficiency and safety of spraying operations. It contains many useful tips for your spray operations.
The manual includes information on sprayer set-up, including self-propelled sprayers, new tools for determining sprayer outputs, suggestions for assessing spray coverage in the field, improving droplet capture by the target, drift-reducing equipment and techniques, the effects of adjuvant and nozzle type on drift potential, and surface temperature inversion research.
How to use this manual
The manual comprises 23 modules and a 'water flush for residuals' calculator. Each module includes a series of videos.
Go through each module. It is not necessary to do each module in sequential order. Start with the introduction or try starting with the module title most relevant to your current operational needs.
This spray application manual covers
- Planning your spray operations – things to think about
- Preparing for spraying – checks, accuracy and efficiency
- Spraying system – major components and set-up considerations
- Selecting a spraying system options available and operational considerations
- Review and planning for future needs
Link to this publication
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Table of contents
- GrowNotes Spray Application Manual - Introduction (PDF 4.2 MB)
- water-flush-for-residuals-calculator.xlsx.xlsx (XLSX 13.9 KB) Use this calculator with residual herbicides that may be left in the tank at the end of a job
- Module 1: The need for planning (PDF 906.6 KB) A spray operator's perspective
- Module 2: Product requirements (PDF 1.4 MB) Thinking about how spray products work and factors that can affect their performance
- Module 3: Nozzle design and function (PDF 1.2 MB) How nozzle choice impacts on spray application
- Module 4: Drift management strategies (PDF 1.5 MB) Minimising and managing spray drift risk
- Module 5: Spray plans (PDF 766.6 KB) Planning for how each product needs to be applied
- Module 6: Pre-operational checks (PDF 2.1 MB) Keeping everything running smoothly
- Module 7: Mixing and decontamination (PDF 1.0 MB) Avoiding potential problems
- Module 8: Calibration of the spray system (PDF 1.4 MB) Ensuring accuracy
- Module 9: Mixing, filling and transfer systems (PDF 1.8 MB) Techniques and tips to increase efficiency
- Module 10: Weather monitoring for spraying operations (PDF 5.7 MB) How to assess if conditions are suitable for spraying
- Module 11: Pumps, plumbing and components (PDF 2.7 MB) How they can work together
- Module 12: GPS systems (PDF 831.2 KB) The options available for GPS systems
- Module 13: Rate-controller functions and settings (PDF 1.1 MB) Getting the best out of the functions available
- Module 14: Boom stability and height control (PDF 2.4 MB) The importance of design and control
- Module 15: Weight, balance and tyres (PDF 1.6 MB) Impact on sprayer performance and safety
- Module 16: Overview of the spraying systems available (PDF 1.2 MB) Strengths and limitations
- Module 17: Pulse width modulation systems (PDF 738.5 KB) How they work and set-up considerations
- Module 18: Single line and multi-step systems (PDF 1003.5 KB) How they work and set-up considerations
- Module 19: Shielded sprayers (PDF 2.0 MB) Practical issues and set-up considerations
- Module 20: Target-selectable sprayers (PDF 1.6 MB) How they work and set-up considerations
- Module 21: Assessing spray deposits (PDF 2.0 MB) A way to improve spray applications
- Module 22: Intergration of the sprayer with other farm equipment (PDF 974.3 KB) Tyre centres, equipment widths and spacings
- Module 23: Upgrading the sprayer (PDF 1.9 MB) Questions to ask before proceeding
GRDC Project Code: BGC00003
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