Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I have had enough of talking about the weather for the moment but I certainly spare a thought for some of my colleagues and their golfers who have had their courses completely inundated several times over this summer.  As my Dad used to say ; "From the time you're born, til you ride in the hearse.....Things are never so bad that they couldn't get worse".  So I guess we should count our blessings that we have just been a bit soft under foot.

On another note and something that annoys me but at the end of the day isn't the worst thing that could happen is a problem we had with our CDA sprayer, which is the unit that applies amongst other products, the growth regulator to the fairways.  One of the features of the machine is that it has a "shrouded boom" which means that spraying can take place in quite breezy conditions and is particularly necessary when using the "controlled droplet application" (CDA) method.  The drawback is that you can't see the nozzles and can't tell if they are operating or not and on our recent application we had a problem with one of the nozzles meaning that a stream of product was coming out rather than spreading as per normal.  This has resulted in a line burn which is only just evident now but will get worse in the coming week.  Before we start applying, all nozzles are checked and in this case they were all working but the motor on one of them burnt out on the first fairway we sprayed that morning and all fairways sprayed after that have been affected.  There is no long term damage, just the unsightly lines that will gradually appear.

CDA unit showing shrouded boom
Close up of the line burn

Double lines

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