Widest sprayer lands in UK
With its 54m wide boom the new Agrifac Condor Endurance II is thought to be the widest sprayer in the UK. After arriving in April it went straight to work at PDM Produce (UK) Ltd, which is based in Shropshire and one of the UK’s leading specialist lettuce and baby leaf growers and processors.
Collaboratively working with Philip Maddocks Farms, who are the sole produce growers, production started within the area in the 1930s. Within the land base of operations, the family own and farm about 440ha in and around Great Chatwell.
The company has purchased 220ha during the past 15 years, and Philip Maddocks Farms rents a further 600ha on annual agreements. Today, the business employs more than 200 full time members of staff and a further 500 seasonal staff for planting and harvesting production.
The farm’s fourth Agrifac self-propelled, the new 8,000 litre capacity machine is equipped with 25cm nozzle spacing and StrictSprayplus. As well as single nozzle control, this also provides rate control that is unrelated to pressure, which maintains the droplet size regardless of changes in forward speed or pressure using pulse width modulation (PWM).
It opted for the 54m wide boom to enable the sprayer and irrigators to travel in the same tramlines, eliminating crop damage from two different widths.
Keeping the wide boom under control is StrictHeightPlus, which is Agrifac’s new system that uses ‘wide view’ sensors fitted four separate clusters, which are said to scan a wider area than other systems.
All the electronic control systems are now operated through Agrifac’s EcoTronicPlus II terminal, novel control armrest, joystick and armrest pad, which is surrounded by touch buttons. Above this is a single touch-screen, which is used for both the sprayer and the GPS-controlled equipment.