Comparison of the performance between a spray gun and a spray boom in ornamentals

Dieter Foqué, David Nuyttens

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    Flemish greenhouse growers predominantly use handheld spray guns and spray lances for their crop protection purposes although these techniques are known for their heavy workload and their high operator exposure risks. Moreover, when these techniques are compared with spray boom equipment, they are often found to be less effective. On the other hand, handheld spraying techniques are less expensive and more flexible to use. Additionally, many Flemish growers are convinced that a high spray volume and spray pressure is needed to assure a good plant protection. The aim of this work was to evaluate and compare the spray deposition, penetration and uniformity between a manually pulled horizontal spray boom and a spray gun under controlled laboratory conditions. In total, six different spray application techniques were evaluated.
    In general, the total deposition results were comparable between the spray boom and the spray gun applications but the boom applications resulted in a more uniform spray distribution over the crop. On a plant level, the spray distribution was not uniform for the different techniques with highest deposits on the upper side of the top leaves. Using spray guns at a higher spray pressure did not improve spray penetration and deposition on the bottom side of the leaves. From the different nozzle types, the XR 80 03 gave the best results. Plant density clearly affected crop penetration and deposition on the bottom side of the leaves.
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    TitelProceedings 63rd International Symposium on Crop Protection
    Aantal pagina’s12
    UitgeverijUniversiteit Gent
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 2011
    Evenement63rd International Symposium on Crop Protection (2011) - Gent, België
    Duur: 24-mei-201124-mei-2011

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