Check Sprayers for Signs of Wear and Tear

Checking sprayers now and replacing leaking pumps, cracked hoses, and worn or mismatched sprayer nozzles can save time and aggravation when it is time to go to the field.  In addition, clean clogged strainers and check nozzles for wear, especially if abrasive formulations (wettable powders, dry flowables, flowables, etc.) have been used..

Figure 1. Hoses can crimp and weaken along folding spray booms. (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

Figure 1. Hoses can crimp and weaken along folding spray booms. (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

Figure 2. Replace cracked hose sections before they fail. (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

Figure 2. Replace cracked hose sections before they fail. (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

Figure 3. Remove nozzles to check for clogs – like this spider web. (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

Figure 3. Remove nozzles to check for clogs – like this spider web. (Photo: Lee Townsend, UK)

 

 

 

 

By Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist

 

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