Farmers offered test of spray nozzle selector

Farmers looking to improve their sprayer rigs’ performance can test out the beta version of an online tool to pick the best spray nozzles for the job.

Alberta’s AgTech Centre announced Wednesday that it’s put its 15 years of nozzle research into what it calls the Nozzle Selector, and is asking farmers to provide input on the project at this stage.

“As more and more sprayer nozzles hit the market in recent years and AgTech’s research grew more detailed, there was a need to have all this data at our researchers’ fingertips,” Brian Storozynsky, AgTech project manager and lead on the Nozzle Selector project said in a release.

“That was important both to analyse data as part of the ongoing research process and to be able to answer producers’ questions quickly and efficiently when the phones started ringing each spring.”

Once the Nozzle Selector was developed, he said, ” it was a logical extension to put it right into producers’ hands, so the design was adjusted to accommodate that.”

Nozzle catalogues often display coloured tables indicating nozzle size and spray quality, he said, “but if you have never seen droplets from instruments it is difficult to visualize spray quality or droplet density. Density is key these days because of the different nozzle types and orientation.”

The Nozzle Selector isn’t targeted so much to make specific recommendations as it is to help producers with general information that lets them decide if an approach is right or wrong for their operation, Storozynsky said.

To give farmers an overview of the project, the AgTech Centre said it has linked up with Canada Sprayer Guide, a spraying technology resource site, to produce a report on the Nozzle Selector.

Farmers can also sign up to test drive the initial version of the Selector online when it’s launched by providing their name and e-mail address to Storozynsky at the AgTech Centre, either by e-mail or by calling 403-329-1212.

“The goal is to test the tool, make changes necessary and then continue to add new information as it becomes available to help keep producers on the leading edge,” he said.

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