Summary:An agricultural sprayer is a type of high-pressure equipment used for application of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides...
An agricultural sprayer is a type of high-pressure equipment used for application of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and water on a farm. These machines are essential for efficient crop protection and yield enhancement. Moreover, they are an important component of every farming operation.
Agricultural sprayers are used to apply chemicals on fields, agro-forestry, and agriculture crops such as vegetables, wheat, rice, cotton, and soya. They are also useful for weed control in the field. They are available in various shapes, sizes, and pressure levels to meet the needs of different farmers.
The market for agricultural sprayers is growing rapidly due to the rise in demand for agricultural products in Asia Pacific (APEJ), as well as other regions. Moreover, technological advancements in the field of farming and environmental concerns are driving growth for this industry.
Advancements in technology are providing new solutions to farmers for better crop protection, yield enhancement, and pest control. These devices allow precise application of chemicals to crops, thereby reducing chemical wastage and environmental impact. Besides, they are also more efficient and cost-effective than manual application.
Variable rate sprayers are a type of sprayer that automatically adjusts the spraying amount and rate to match the target area. They use sensors, such as ultrasonic, infrared, and LiDAR, to detect the geometrical features of the plant canopy. This information is then used to fine-tune the application rate.
These systems can be mounted on a tractor, ATV/UTV, or backpack sprayer.
Depending on the type, they can be operated manually or remotely through remote control. The main advantage of these machines is that they are easier to operate and use.
They are also used for spraying small areas, which does not require large power equipment. These machines are mainly used in agro-forestry and agriculture applications. They are suited for spraying insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides on crops and soil.
Agricultural sprayers are manufactured with a wide variety of components, including pump, tank, agitation system, flow-control assembly, and pressure gauge. They may also have a combination of nozzles and a metering system.
Nozzles are the parts of a sprayer that apply the spray liquid, which is a mixture of pesticides, water, and air. They are typically made from a plastic composite and range in size from 3 to 20 inches. They are available in various shapes, such as flat fan and hollow cone.
Strainers and nozzle screens are also common on agricultural sprayers. They help to prevent plugging of nozzles and reduce wear on the sprayer. They are commonly available in a range of mesh numbers, such as 20-mesh, 50-mesh, and 100-mesh.
A plugged nozzle is the most frustrating problem for applicators and can be costly to repair or replace. These types of problems can be avoided by using a correctly selected and positioned strainer or screen.
It is a must to follow proper agricultural practices when applying pesticides on the field. This will ensure that you are getting the best results and will avoid wasteful chemical application, improper weed control, and excess carryover. It is also critical to use protective clothing and follow directions for specific chemicals.