New spray coverage assessment tool launched

A simple-to-use spray coverage tool, called DropSight®, will be launched by METOS UK at LAMMA 2023 on 10 to 11 January, alongside other sensors and trackers to make spray records easier to complete.

The portable, DropSight® on-site tool works with a mobile phone to give spray operators instant information on the spray deposition efficiency of the sprayer, helping to improve crop protection performance while reducing the risks of spray drift, run-off, exceeding MRLs, and crop and sprayer damage.

Crops are first sprayed with a solution visible under ultra-violet (UV) light, then leaves are selected and photographed using a mobile phone. The DropSight® software recognises and quantifies the deposition of solution on each leaf, and measures and calculates the deposition efficacy of the spray application.

By checking spray deposition during sprayer set-up, operators can optimise nozzle selection and calibration, water volume, adjuvant selection, boom height, and sprayer speed, for best results.

A DropSight® specialist will be available on the METOS UK stand to demonstrate the tool and explain how it can be used.

METOS UK will also be showcasing a range of sensors and trackers to assist sprayer operators in completing spray records. These include:

  • Sprayer-mounted ISOBUS-compatible weather stations with in-cab data to manage spray drift risk on-the-move
  • Field weather stations for all-round decision support for crop production
  • Sprayer trackers to help complete sprayer records with precise field locations, start/stop times, forward speed, and see any missed tramlines.

METOS UK can be found at LAMMA in Hall 9, stand 9.420.