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Sprayer Testing

Sprayer Testing

The sprayer test consists of 47 test items, the first 30 of which must be satisfied to receive a pass certificate. The subsequent 10 are advisory and the final 7 optional test elements.
The testing covers all application components of the sprayer to ensure the machine is working correctly and efficiently with further considerations of safety for the sprayer operative and the environment.
With optimum sprayer calibration and boom and nozzle maintenance you can feel confident you are using your expensive pesticides efficiently and accurately.

Any machine applying pesticides after 26/11/16 must be tested by the relevant dates. Timescales of test vary depending on type and size of equipment.

Boom sprayers over 3 metres wide, air blast sprayers, train and aircraft sprayers (includes Red Tractor Livestock Assurance Schemes)
          1. Tested by 26/11/16 OR first test due before the machine is 5 years old
          2. Re-test within 5 years up to 2020
          3. After 2020 re-test every 3 years

Boom sprayers 3 metres and under and other types of PAE to include slug pellet applicators, micro-granular applicators, weed wipers, seed treatment and other specialist application equipment
          1. Tested by 26/11/16 OR first test due before the machine is 5 years old
          2. Re-test every 6 years

Knapsack, handheld and pedestrian equipment
          1. Do not require a formal test but need to be checked
          2. You should keep a record of the inspection – a checklist is available from the NSTS website

Crops and Fresh Produce Assurance Scheme requirements
          1. Annual testing for sprayers over 3 metres incl. air blast sprayers
          2. Annual testing of nematicide and CIPC applicators
          3. All other equipment to SUD requirements

Fertilizer Tray Testing

Fertilizer Tray Testing

Are you getting the most out of your spreader? NSTS offer a fertiliser spreader testing service across the country for farmers to have their machine tested to ensure they are getting the most accurate spread pattern across the full width of spread.

What’s involved?

Initial inspection of the spreader including condition of discs and vanes.
Tray testing to confirm evenness of spread across the working width of the machine.
Adjustments made if required to achieve the best Coefficient of variation (CV) for each product
Electronic report of all test results
Below is an example of the potential effects of inaccurate spreading of nitrogen fertiliser to a crop of winter wheat.

Example Crop: Winter Wheat

What are the effects? *
Nitrogen fertiliser 0.72p/kg (£250/tonne)
Wheat £150 per tonne

Slug Pelleter

Slug Pelleter

The Sustainable Use Directive (SUD) requires that all pesticide application equipment (PAE) is tested on a regular basis*

Any machine applying pesticides after 26/11/16 must be tested by the relevant dates. Timescales of test vary depending on type and size of equipment.

Machines applying  pesticides to control slugs must be tested to the timescales specified below

SUD and Red Tractor Assurance Scheme Requirements
          a. Tested by 26/11/16 OR first test due before the machine is 5 years old
          b. Re-test every 6 years

The NSTS test includes
          a. Inspection of the spreader prior to a tray test
          b. Tray test to confirm working width and evenness of spread
          c. Electronic report of all test results

Avadex Applicators

Avadex Applicators

Machines applying micro granular pesticides must be tested to the timescales specified below

1.SUD Requirements

2.Tested by 26/11/16 OR first test due before the machine is 5 years old
          b. Re-test every 6 years

Additional Requirements

  1. Crops and Fresh Produce Assurance Scheme Requirements
            a. Annual testing of nematicide applicators
              b. All other equipment to SUD requirements