Northeast SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product
Backpack Sprayers for Small-Scale Farms
Modified backpack sprayers offer simple design, inexpensive pricing, professional nozzle technology, accuracy, and easy, safe filling and cleaning. This makes them an efficient, ideal choice for small, organic, or urban farms, small jobs on larger farms, and for short-season crops, spot problems, work around field impediments (fences, slopes), and work inside high tunnels and greenhouses.
Rutgers NJAES Snyder Research Farm Director John Grande has tested and now shares methods to modify backpack sprayers in ways that increase accuracy and improve usability. Results are explained over seven short videos and many useful handouts and other learning and presentation tools.
The first video in the series is presented here. The rest are available through Rutgers University.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) ENE06-096, Matching small-farm crop sprayer application technology with OMRI and traditional agricultural products, and ENE09-111, Organic vegetable production weed control strategies: Integrating precision cultivation,weed biology and OMRI herbicides.
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Visit the website: Rutgers Ag Experiment Station
These products were developed with support from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed within these products do not necessarily reflect the view of the SARE program or the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.