Development of a tractor mounted wide spray boom for increased efficiency

Parish P. Nalavade, Vilas M. Salokhe, H. P W Jayasuriya, Hiroshi Nakashima

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Abstract

A survey carried out in selected states of India showed that many farmers prefer chemical usage for plant protection. Spray booms of width 6.5 to 9 m are mostly used by the farmers but they prefer to have wider booms with a reasonable cost. Considering this, a wider spray boom was developed to reduce the application time and cost of operation, and for increased efficiency. A 15-m tractor mounted spray boom was systematically developed considering the stresses acting on the boom structure. It was tested in a laboratory and in the field to evaluate its performance. The developed spray boom's performance was compared with existing 9-m spray boom developed by a local manufacturer. Further, both spray booms were evaluated from the economic point of view. Statistical analysis showed that there was no significant variation in spray uniformity within a field for all the test trials. A 15-m spray boom was found to be more economical than the existing 9-m spray boom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-169
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Volume6
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

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Keywords

  • Chemical pest control
  • Economic analysis
  • Spray uniformity
  • Structural analysis
  • Tractor mounted spray boom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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