Hello Hal, I don’t think an additional respirator should be needed. After all, the respirator in the tractor cab is the same design (only larger) than the one on the oral one. Regarding the theoretical calibration of sprayers, whenever an inspector tells me they to do it with water, and to apply that result to a water/chemical mixture I have a go at them. Only a regulator who never applied products with different viscosities (due to temperature or different mixtures) would pretend you can pre-calibrate with more than a 90% accuracy. The fact is the same sprayer with different products in it, or water of different temperatures, will put our at different rates.
Con (Cornelius) Traas Room SR2-009, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Limerick. Ph: 061-202905 M: 086-6091998 T: @theapplefarmer From: apple-crop [mailto:apple-crop-boun...@virtualorchard.com] On Behalf Of Hal Wentzel Sent: 02 March 2017 15:24 To: Apple-Crop discussion list Subject: Re: [Apple-Crop] sprayer calibration debate Since I upgraded my tractor this winter, I plan on recalibration and this is the method I plan to use. Adjust the nozzles and the tractor speed until I feel I get adequate coverage of the trees. I will then fill my tank with 50 gallons of water, and spray it over a prescribed route. When the tank is empty, I calculate the acres sprayed. From that I can determine the number of gallons per acre. To that number of gallons, I will add the chemical required per acre. Since we are high density, well pruned, I multiply by .7 (captan: 6# x .7= 4.2 #). If I travel the same route, I will get the required spray per acre. A different question: my new tractor has an enclosed cab (no more monkey suit), with an activated charcoal filter. What is the opinion on the necessity of also wearing a respirator. EPA would say yes, but are they too cautious. Hal Wentzel Pleasant View Orchard Niagara, Wi 715-927-2050 On Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 8:16 AM John Bruguiere <j...@dickiebros.com<mailto:j...@dickiebros.com>> wrote: Hello all, need some healthy practical advice on sprayer calibration. Specifically air blast sprayers. For decades we have measured a block of trees to determine acreage, sprayed out tank and determined gallons per acre based on what area was covered in tank. For example trees planted at 8 x 18 spacing gave us 300 trees to acre, we sprayed out tank, counted trees and determined that our sprayer puts out 2.5 acres per tank. we used this to determine amount of material to put in the tank etc. All the calibration formulas , I have seen require tree row volume(height x row spacing) to be part of equation. I have 4-5 different spacings in 100 acres of orchard which makes it more of a headache to constantly figure gallons per acre and spray materials needed in each different block(thus the reason we simply measured trees per acre). I know my speed , i know my gallons per minute but can't find an equation that converts this to gallons per acre without tree row volume. need a simple but effective solution...any takers? in Virginia we have plums in full bloom, fantasia and red gold nectarines in pink and some open blooms, 21 degrees forecasted on friday and saturday night. God Bless, John Bruguiere Dickie Bros. Orchard On 1/30/2017 6:36 PM, Arthur Kelly wrote: I agree Mo. We try and remove trees every year and plant every year. I did use the word can to hedge the productive life of a block. Sent from my iPhone On Jan 30, 2017, at 5:48 PM, maurice tougas <appleman.maur...@gmail.com<mailto:appleman.maur...@gmail.com>> wrote: Art I agree that it's great to be out pruning. I disagree that you should expect a longer productive life with high density systems. My goal here is to be looking at replanting when the orchard reaches twenty years or so. New varieties, strains of varieties and improved planting system encourage 5% renewal in my opinion. My best to you Mo Tougas On Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 1:27 PM, George Greene <cortla...@icloud.com<mailto:cortla...@icloud.com>> wrote: Art: Your comment makes sense to me. Right now I have a cold and I fell on the ice on Dec. 29th and I am still suffering. Pt may help but it may take a while. I suppose that you are enjoying the warmer weather. Be well, George On Jan 30, 2017, at 12:43 PM, kellyorchards <kellyorcha...@gmail.com<mailto:kellyorcha...@gmail.com>> wrote: Ruminations after a morning pruning. The weather is ideal. The temps are in the high 20's, the wind is light and the sun is shining. Weather like this is why we live here. Permanent limbs ultimately and inevitably get too large. This is why high density systems can have a longer productive life than less dense orchards. Art Kelly Kelly Orchards Acton, Maine _______________________________________________ apple-crop mailing list email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> http://virtualorchard.com/mailman/listinfo/apple-crop George Greene 68 Willow Lane Wiscasset, ME 04578 207-882-8074<tel:%28207%29%20882-8074> cortla...@icloud.com<mailto:cortla...@icloud.com> _______________________________________________ apple-crop mailing list email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> http://virtualorchard.com/mailman/listinfo/apple-crop -- Maurice Tougas Tougas Family Farm Northborough,MA 01532 508-450-0844 _______________________________________________ apple-crop mailing list email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> http://virtualorchard.com/mailman/listinfo/apple-crop _______________________________________________ apple-crop mailing list email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> http://virtualorchard.com/mailman/listinfo/apple-crop _______________________________________________ apple-crop mailing list email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> http://virtualorchard.com/mailman/listinfo/apple-crop -- Hal Wentzel Pleasant View Orchard W6050 Chapman Road Niagara, WI 54151 715-927-2050
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