Silsoe Spray Applications Unit undertakes a range of testing for commercial customers. These include both standard tests to recognised protocols or standards, and bespoke investigations to address specific questions. We have UKAS accreditation to meet BS EN ISO 17025:2005 for some procedures and for our most commonly used analytical techniques.
We also undertake a wide range of research projects
The Unit has equipment and expertise to:
Deposits on plants and other surfaces can be quantified, using a range of tracer chemicals:
Images of target surfaces can be obtained using photography and image analysis to determine the area covered by spray
The wind tunnel can be used to make controlled applications to tray-grown crops under field conditions, allowing determination of
Wind tunnel studies
We can offer a range of other tests associated with pesticide application and sprayer operation, including container pouring and cleaning, induction hopper performance.
We also undertake bespoke training courses, either at our Silsoe site, where demonstrations of the wind tunnel and other equipment can be included, or at a site to suit the customer.
Typical course content would include spray drift, nozzle choice, optimising application for maximising pesticide efficacy, effect of spray liquid on spray behaviour, and can be used to gain Basis or NRoSO points.
Please contact us for further information about the technical services we can offer.