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Best Selling Crop Spraying Books Now Even Better

BCPC (British Crop Production Council) has revised and fully updated its best selling sprayer operator books.  Field Scale Spraying (formerly Boom & Fruit Sprayers Handbook) and Small Scale Spraying (formerly Hand-Held & Amenity Sprayers Handbook) now include up-to-the minute guidance on such important topics as nozzle selection, equipment choice, safe working practices, calibration and much more.


Field Scale Spraying

The Field Scale book is clearly focussed on the needs of operators using boom sprayers in arable crops, grassland and field vegetables or large air-assisted sprayers associated with fruit and horticultural spraying. Small Scale Spraying covers a multitude of sectors where hand-held equipment or small amenity boom sprayers are employed including parks, golf courses, forestry and gardens, pavements and other hard surfaces, nurseries and glasshouses.
Both books are packed with practical tips and best practice advice in line with the revised Code of Practice for Plant Protection Products and the new Agricultural Waste Regulations. A fresh new design helps readers easily find the information they need. 

The books have a new editor, mechanisation expert Bill Basford. “At the end of the day safe and effective spraying comes down to the skill and expertise of sprayer operators,” he says. “Whether you’re new to spraying and yet to obtain your Certificate of Competence or an ‘old hand’, I think you should find these new books helpful.” 

Field Scale Spraying provides practical guidance on the efficient and safe use of trailed and mounted boom sprayers along with air-assisted orchard and tunnel sprayers. Sections explain the types and structure of sprayers available, pumps and control systems, filters and filtration, nozzles, atomisers and fans. Spray quality, nozzle codes and calibration are explained fully with worked examples to guide operators through the process. General advice on good spraying practice, sprayer decontamination and maintenance as well as disposal is also provided. The section on LERAPs has been extended to cover orchard spraying.

Small Scale Spraying details the decisions, equipment and background needs to all small-scale spraying operations and includes guidance on the use of lever-operated, compression and knapsack sprayers, mistblowers, CDA sprayers, wheeled sprayers and mounted and self-propelled equipment. Sections advise on the types of pumps used, sprayer design, control systems and filtration. Spray quality, nozzle codes and calibration is explained fully with worked examples to guide operators through the process.

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