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This Silvan Supaflo sprayer is making life easier for a Lychee farmer
ychee farmer Martin Joyce has upgraded to the new 2000-litre Silvan Supaflo sprayer system to simplify labourintensive jobs.
Joyce operates a 13ha farm near Ingham, North Queensland, and farms 2500 lychee trees. He says his trees are roughly 30 years old and can be very large, making them difficult to spray and prune – especially since he’s getting on in years himself.
Joyce says the Silvan Supaflo’s larger tank size and updated features have made life a lot easier. He made the decision to buy the unit after previously owning and operating a Silvan Suntuff 1000 sprayer system which dated back to 1996.
The Silvan Supaflo 2000L comes equipped with a 10-bladed 900mm axial-flow fan with air-straightening vanes and a choice of corrosion-resistant high-pressure diaphragm pumps that provide the Supaflo with consistent and reliable spray results, Silvan says.
Joyce’s 2500 trees were planted on a 9m row by 7m tree pattern (although many more recent plantings are now on an 8m by 4m spacing).
Like many other tree crops, lychees can assume a large tree shape and canopy as they mature which makes spraying into a canopy that has quite large leaf sizes a challenge.
But Joyce uses contractors to mechanically prune his lychee trees each year aiming for a smaller shape at about 4m in height which also aids hand harvesting.
It is also important to have appropriate spraying regimes when farming lychees as the fruit are exposed to a number of pests including moths, mites and borers that reduce yields and, in some cases, fruit quality.
Joyce bought his new Silvan Supaflo 2000-litre trailed sprayer from Ingham-based local Silvan dealer NQAS. The Supaflo provides highly effective spray coverage for a wide range of crops including lychees, grapes, apples, citrus, bananas, peaches and also the growing list of sub-tropical tree crops.
Among the available factory features are electric controls and axle options as well as a leaf guard, twin nozzle and a powerhead conveyor.
NQAS Ingham’s Hamish Howarth (right) hands over the new Silvan Supaflo sprayer to farmer Martin Joyce