Team Sprayers launches on-planter powder applicator for large-scale growers

A new version of Team Sprayers' on-planter powder applicator developed for structural planters was launched at British Potato 2009.

Russell Blight of Miedema Mercer Machinery said the sprayer may be of interest to larger-scale growers who are turning to structural planters for increased capacity.

"They operate at 10 to 12km/hour, regardless of seed size or type, enabling growers to plant 10 to 12ha per day with one operator, which is twice the capacity of a comparable cup planter."

Most growers use powder-formulated tuber treatments such as Monceren to control seed-borne Rhizoctonia and reduce subsequent stem canker development. David Turner, a member of the Potato Council crop protection treatment group, welcomed the new development.

"On-planter applicators minimise the risk of operator exposure and control of substances hazardous to health regulations require that such engineering controls be used where reasonably practical," he said. "The arrival of this new version means that every grower who needs to use powder treatments can and should upgrade their planters in advance of 2010 planting."

Team Sprayers' Danny Hubbard added that the complete set-up for structural/belt planters includes its Digimon digital control system.

"This simplifies calibration, enables application rate to be adjusted at the push of a button and maintains application accuracy within five per cent of the target," he said.


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