The quality of an agrochemical application is a combination of the efficacy of deposit, productivity of the operation, and avoidance of off-site movement. A GPS- and sensor-based system was developed to document the quality of spray applications from a self-propelled sprayer. Confirmation of the spray deposition was accomplished with spray sampling surfaces (water sensitive paper) located at surveyed sampling points in the test fields. An image analysis technique was developed to estimate quantitative and qualitative data, such as relative droplet size spectra, and spray coverage from the cards. Relative performance of two flow control techniques, namely conventional pressure-based control and blended-pulse flow control were documented. Blended-pulse control produced a wider dynamic range and superior consistency of deposit when speed varied over a 3:1 range, or a 6:1 variable rate range was desired. Real-time mitigation of spray drift was accomplished through droplet size changes when sensed weather conditions and sprayer location suggested a potential hazard.
Precision Agriculture – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 3, 2004
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