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Several factors relating to water quality can affect product performance in the field, often to the detriment of the crop.

Keep an eye on water quality

Water can play havoc with spray performance, especially with the rise in tank mixing

The 2019 growing season is now within sight and with it, another season’s worth of herbicide, fungicide and insecticide applications. Given the challenges that can arise with sprayers and their products, it’s worth revisiting the subject of water quality and the potential impact of factors such as temperature, hardness and pH on product performance. With […] Read more

Applicators need relevant and timely information regarding chemical applications for the best performance.

Better labels

This new initiative aims to create crop protection labels producers will actually want to use to make spraying decisions

It’s a familiar spot to find yourself in. You want to spray a new product. Or maybe you want to tank mix two chemistries that you’ve never sprayed together before. The crop is ready, the sprayer is set, but now you see there are label questions about specific rates, ground speeds, buffer zones, clean-out procedures […] Read more


Tom Wolf says “stronger, faster, higher” may not be the right approach for sprayers to provide maximum efficiency.

Agrimetrix takes aim at exploding sprayer myths

Farmers today need to spray several times a year, and two former AAFC researchers have formed a company to help them get the product to the right place at the right time

If Tom Wolf is the face of agricultural spraying in Western Canada, then Brian Caldwell is the hands. The two co-owners of Agrimetrix, an agricultural spray research and training company based in Saskatoon, share an overlapping skillset, but they have carved distinctive individual niches. Wolf spends much of his time talking about spraying in a […] Read more

After four serial rinses, in spite of the rinsate looking clean and being odour free, soybeans still exhibited cupping.

Continuous rinse system makes sprayer cleanouts easier

Here’s a new way to do sprayer cleanouts that saves time and is great for the environment

Certain jobs on the farm aren’t anybody’s favourites. Repairing a planter in the middle of a soybean field in early June is right up there on that list, and so is picking stones on just about any day. And up there with them is cleaning out the sprayer, which is another of the chores about […] Read more


The new AmaSpot sprayers use sensors that can detect weeds and spray chemical only where needed, even at night.

Amazone sprayers go high tech

Is this the next brand you should look at in sprayers?

There’s no shortage of short-line ag implement manufacturers, and in almost any of them, the corporate executives will tell you they are now playing in a crowded marketplace. But the head of Germany-based Amazone is more bullish, saying his firm has the recipe for growth, and that he’ll be able to continue finding new markets […] Read more

Pearce: New system improves on rinse-and-repeat for sprayers

When Dr. Jason Deveau talks about sprayer cleanouts, he knows it’s not a happy subject. During the 2017 edition of Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show at Woodstock, Ont., Deveau, the application technology specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) at Simcoe, spoke to farmers about a new continuous-rinse system. In some […] Read more


Xtend soybeans expand options, but be dicamba-drift aware

New dicamba- and glyphosate-tolerant soybeans offer more weed control options and are another tool to address herbicide-tolerant weeds, but farmers need to take steps to avoid dicamba drift and spray tank residue, Manitoba officials say. What’s been happening in Arkansas underscores the risk dicamba drift presents. The U.S. state of Arkansas on Friday announced a […] Read more

Large tires moving at high speeds are the biggest source of air turbulence behind the sprayer. This year, PAMI is conducting further field experiments with a new 120-foot boom John Deere.

Sprayer speed a turbulent topic

As sprayers go faster, aerodynamics start to come into play. A PAMI project is evaluating if they affect spray deposition

On the surface, spraying seems straightforward. But a closer look at the multitude of factors that can influence how best to get product from the spray tank to the plant surface reveals something akin to a massive puzzle with a couple of pieces missing. One of the people trying to make that picture complete is […] Read more


Near Embro, Ont., Hodgins is inter-seeding winter barley into a double-crop of soybeans, planted in mid-July.

Ready for takeoff

Here’s a new take on how aerial applicators use high speed hopper-fill technology to keep their planes in the air

Paul Hodgins had already been doing a good bit of business as an aerial applicator, answering calls from chemical companies and performing test-plot applications as well as applying fungicides for growers. In between, too, more calls were also coming in to air-seed cover crops, along with some requests for air-seeding winter cereals. Now, with lower […] Read more

Deere buys stake in U.S. sprayer maker Hagie

CORRECTED, March 30, 2016 — Reuters — Deere and Co. said on Tuesday it has acquired a majority stake in Hagie Manufacturing, allowing the farm equipment manufacturer to take a greater position the high-clearance sprayer market. High-clearance sprayers, which allow farmers to spray fertilizers and pesticides in-crop later in the growing season, are “a new market for […] Read more