One of the major application challenges for the cotton industry is chemical drift onto surrounding cotton crops.
Whether it is from neighbouring properties or even in some instances from their own fallow spraying program, this continues to be a major issue for cotton growers and contractors.
Croplands have extensive technical understanding of this issue and have helped combat draft issues in a number of ways, including:
- Offering the latest drift reducing technologies like air induction nozzles, the airpro boom system and weather stations that help growers to realise when it is not the best time to be spraying
- Teaming up with Nufarm on their Spraywise program to educate growers on best practice and helping them to reduce their drift while still achieving the desired result.
As well as helping the cotton industry reduce the incidence of spray drift, Croplands have developed the self-propelled RoGators range that delivers reliable and efficient spray applications.
When purchasing your cotton spray equipment, consider the following factors to ensure you get the results you need:
In-crop applications are becoming a more popular choice as growers split up or ‘top up’ their fertiliser or pesticides, depending on the season. Look for a sprayer, such as a RoGator, with good underframe clearance to avoid damage to the crop.
Many irrigated cotton crops require the wheels of the sprayers to be 2m apart. Croplands is one of a few companies to offer self-propelled sprayers on this wheel track.
Croplands offers one of the tightest turning circles of any self propelled sprayer via their SpraCoupe range. Some RoGator self propelled sprayer models can also be fitted with the Trak 4 wheel steering option, giving them the tightest turning circle in their class.
Direct Chemical Injection
Direct Chemical Injection (DCI) technology keeps neat chemicals separate from the main tank on the sprayer and injects the chemical into the sprayline at the rear of the sprayer as required.
The main advantages of using sprayers with DCI is that there is less waste and allows growers and contractors to be more flexible with changing spray conditions, without chemicals needing to be drained or removed before spraying again.
DCI also reduces the risk of cross contamination with herbicides like 2,4-D as growers or spray contractors can use DCI in conjunction with two spray lines. The main tank and one line can be used for spraying the cotton crop with fertilisers or insecticides, while the second spray line can be used for sensitive herbicide applications, which removes the potential for cross contamination and possible damage to cotton or other susceptible crops
Croplands now offers DCI in a wide range of sprayers. For more information on DCI or Croplands range of sprayers for cotton, give Croplands a call.
Different nozzles give one of the most important advantages when spraying - adaptability.
When conditions change, the ability to change to a coarser droplet size to reduce drift is critical to keep on spraying. It also makes it easier when applying insecticides or fungicides to swap to a speciality nozzle for better coverage.
All Croplands sprayers have nozzle bodies fitted to them that can handle several nozzles and be changed over on the go, making it easy and quicker to adapt to a change in conditions.