[Market-farming] sprayer type for mixed veggies, foliar feeding

monalh at bellsouth.net monalh at bellsouth.net
Mon Jun 11 09:33:46 EDT 2007

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Willie McKemie" <mf at austinfarm.org>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, June 11, 2007 8:53 AM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] sprayer type for mixed veggies, foliar feeding

> On Mon, Jun 11, 2007 at 08:55:17AM -0400, Goodwill at Homefields Farm 
> wrote:
>> We have 5 acres of mixed veggies (organic CSA) and do some spraying and
>> a lot of foliar feeding.  We have outgrown out Stihl backpack mist
>> blower and are looking for something better suited, and i'm wondering
>> what your experience would recommend:
> Many years ago, I used a 50 gallon diaphragm pump mist blower as an
> orchard sprayer.  The 50 gallon capacity was not enough for the ~10
> acre orchard and I replaced it with a 300 gallon diaphragm pump trailer
> mist blower.  That worked well as a 10 acre orchard sprayer.
> I have my vegetable fields laid out in 50 foot widths (10 5' rows in
> each).  The trailer sprayer would not reliably reach the centers of the
> fields.  I then got a 500 gallon Nut Hustler pecan sprayer with a
> moveable volute.  That did reach to the centers of the fields and does
> a fine job of spraying both peaches and vegetable.  Probably, any
> blower with a directable volute would work as well on vegetables.
> Now days, I rarely use the the Nut Hustler; it is just too much trouble
> to get organized to do a spray job.  I now mostly use a cheap 15 gallon
> electric sprayer mounted on a high clearance tractor.  Adjustable booms
> allow me to spray one, two, or three rows at a time; that allows me to
> spray three rows while driving over only one row.  I like the setup
> because I can easily get organized to spray only one or two rows; the
> capacity of the sprayer is about 12 ~500' rows.  Also, when the sprayer
> gives me trouble I can easily and cheaply replace parts or the whole
> thing.
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