Scottish farm machinery firm, Vegcraft, have developed a state-of-the-art self-propelled sprayer for table-top production of strawberries. The McDonald family, who fun the Vegcraft company, have been producing machinery for the agricultural industry for over 25 years. The company, who have usually focussed on machinery for wide-range of vegetable crops, have only recently shifted to berry machinery after growing berries themselves.
“We started growing strawberries two years ago and realised there was a market for sprayers for the fruit industry,” said Gillan McDonald of Vegcraft.
Their berry sprayer, the ProSpray Straddle Tractor, is made bespoke to growers specifications, with a tank capacity of 600 - 800 litres. Varying from widths of 4 - 6 rows the machine has the option of air-assist, which moves the canopy of the plant to apply chemical directly to the crown. This method of application has the potential to result in chemical use efficiency and decrease input costs.
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