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NSTS

SPRAYER TEST

  • CONFORM WITH THE SUSTAINABLE USE DIRECTIVE AND YOUR CROP ASSURANCE
  • MAXIMISE YOUR SPRAYER EFFICENCY &
    REDUCE COSTLY DOWNTIME
  • ABOLISH OVER APPLICATION
    & SAVE MONEY ON CHEMICALS
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What does the test consist of?
The test contains 40 checks, the first 30 checks are pass/fail items the remaining 10 are cautionary items. They consist of pressure checks, nozzle output checks to leaking booms.

Where is the test conducted?
Our qualified NSTS tester will come to your farm to complete the test or at any convenient location, provided there is provision for sprayed-out water to be disposed of within the Groundwater Framework.

Can I prepare my sprayer for the test?
There is an operator check list available here - Operator Check Sheet. We advise you to use this to detect any faults prior to you booking the sprayer in, this may cut down any costs on repairs.

Do you have any parts?
We can supply many Sprayer Parts from nozzles to pressure gauges.

Click here for more detail - Sprayer Parts

There are 3 NRoSO points available for operators under the Voluntary Initiative, providing they stay and watch the test being conducted.

 

SLUG PELLET APPLICATOR TEST

  • CONFORM WITH THE SUSTAINABLE USE DIRECTIVE AND YOUR CROP ASSURANCE
  • ABOLISH OVER APPLICATION
    & SAVE MONEY ON PELLETS

What does the test consist of?
The test contains a 3 step analysis of your pellets, which includes size, density and strength. Followed by a comprehensive check of the machine. We then conduct a tray test to gain the accuracy of the spread pattern, following the first run through the trays we can then adjust the applicator where appropriate to refine the spread pattern. The test includes an analysis and tray test of two products.

Where is the test conducted?
Our qualified NSTS tester will come to your farm to complete the test or at any convenient location, provided there is provision for doing the spread check and laying out trays to your desired working width.

Do I need to provide the pellets?
If you have your own pellets we can conduct the tests and check the spread pattern of them, We can supply live pellets or dummy pellets if required.

There are 3 NRoSO points available for operators under the Voluntary Initiative, providing they stay and watch the test being conducted.

 

SPREADER TEST

Why does my spreader need testing?
For best results when spreading it is important to achieve an even spread. When NSTS tests are carried out on your machine they confirm the coefficient of variation (CV) for each of your products. Carrying out tray tests allows the Examiner to adjust the spreader to gain the best CV possible.

It is essential to ensure the whole field receives the correct amount of fertiliser as both over and under application can cause wastage, increased costs and have yield implications. By having your spreader tested, you ensure your farm conforms to Crop Assurance protocols, keeps fertiliser out of hedgerows, field margins and waterways (see GAEC 1) and prevents Cross-Compliance issues.

What is involved in the test?
General machine checks are carried out followed by a comprehensive analysis on the fertiliser. Finally a tray test is completed to check the evenness of spread.

Who administers NSTS?
The NSTS management board comprises of members from application technology, contracting, farming, crop assurance, training, environmental and government organisations.

Who keeps the records of my test?
Individual test information is entered onto the NSTS database and is kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Where is the test carried out?
Testing can be carried out on your own premises or at any suitable location that is away from watercourses and field margins.

How do I prepare my machine for the test?
Ensure your machine is clean and safe to use and all guards are in place. Have all products available on which you require a spread pattern test to be carried out on.

How often do I need my spreader testing?
The NSTS test is an annual test and best practice is to check all products on a yearly basis.

 

 

 


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