The analysis of technical suitability of the equipment for application of plant protection products in Southeastern Slovenia

Authors

  • Rajko Bernik UL, Biotechnical Faculty, Slovenia
  • Peter Kuhar Grm Novo mesto, center biotehnike in turizma, Sevno 13, 8000 Novo mesto, Slovenia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14720/aas.2017.109.2.17

Keywords:

, boom sprayers, orchard sprayers, technical conditions, cross application

Abstract

Technical testing of the equipment for the application of plant protection products (PPP) was performed in Southeastern Slovenia in the period from 2004 to 2013. The technical conditions of boom or orchard sprayers was examined in details and the following parts were checked: drive, anti-drip valves, nozzles, filters, pipes and tubes, manometers, all valves, pressure regulators, agitator, pump, liquid discharge, spray solution reservoir and spray boom or fan system. The analysis revealed a poor condition of most devices in the initial years. However, technical suitability improved drastically until 2013. Technical condition was not directly related to the region of inspection although the lowest number of defective sprayers was recorded in the Posavje region. This can be linked to higher frequency of use and maintenance of the sprayers in this region as it stands out as the area with larger farms. Occasional technical disorders of the equipment can be recorded each year. It is therefore essential to continue with regular technical inspection to ensure optimal and accurate functioning of the sprayers.

Author Biography

  • Rajko Bernik, UL, Biotechnical Faculty, Slovenia
    Odddelek za agronomijo

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26. 09. 2017

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Agronomy section

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Bernik, R., & Kuhar, P. (2017). The analysis of technical suitability of the equipment for application of plant protection products in Southeastern Slovenia. Acta Agriculturae Slovenica, 109(2), 337–347. https://doi.org/10.14720/aas.2017.109.2.17

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