Vegetable & Produce Spraying
Our versatile, compact mist sprayer units can be used in many different insecticide, herbicide, fungicide and foliar feeding applications in Fruit & Vegetable, Specialty and Row Crop production!
Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, Cabbage, Onions, Cucumbers, Strawberries, Peppers, Melons, Grapes, Cranberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Edible Beans, Pumpkins, Gourds are a few crops that benefit from the AmeriBest Mist Sprayer application for fungicides and insecticides. 1-2 gallons per acre will effectively cover your crop with swath widths of 40 to to 120 feet.
A Mist Sprayer is one of the most efficient ways of applying active products.
All without booms!
Our Mist Sprayer provides more uniform coverage. no streaks or missed spots, and you find that you have 100% better control of the chemical and its target area with proper application and bordering. AmeriBest Mist Sprayer''s high and low volume mist sprayers create smaller mist size particles in a 0 to 140'' air stream that stays low to the ground for the best control and uniform coverage. Over, Under and Around plant foliage. Fruit & Vegetable crops thrive because the AmeriBest Mist Sprayer will deposit 30-35% of the spray droplets on the underside of the leaves. This is next to impossible with conventional boom or aerial spraying methods.
Many producers/growers have sprayed their crops with an AmeriBest Mist Sprayer. They have reported excellent fungicide results at treatment levels 25-30% below conventional spraying methods and in half the time!
Vegetable & Produce Diseases
Powdery Mildew affects cucumber, muskmelon, pumpkin, and squash. It is caused by a fungus that appears as a white powdery growth on leaves. Crown leaves are affected first and may wither and die. The fungus is transported by wind and flourishes in high temperatures.
Downy Mildew on cucumber and muskmelon appears as irregularly shaped yellowish to brown spots appear on upper sides of leaves, usually at the center of plants. A purplish mildew develops on the underside of leaf spots in moist weather and leaves die as spots increase in size. Spread is rapid from the crown toward new growth.
Target Spot is similar to downy mildew in appearance with leaf spots that begin as small yellow flecks which become angular or as circular spots with light brown centers and dark brown spots. Spots vary from 1/8 to 3/8 inch in diameter.
Cercospora Leaf Spot affects cantaloupe and watermelon. Leaf spots are small, dark brown to black with a white center, and may have a yellow halo.
Alternaria Leaf Spot occurs primarily on muskmelons but also on cucumbers and other cucurbits. Leaf spots are small, circular, and water-soaked at first, and then expand up to 1/2 inch in diameter with dark concentric rings within the spots. This disease affecst large areas of leaves and causes defoliation that begins on crown leaves. This fungus is primarily spread by wind or by running and splashing water.
Anthracnose affects cucumbers, muskmelons, and watermelons. Muskmelon and cucumber leaf spots begin as yellowish or water-soaked areas that enlarge rapidly, turn brown, and shatter to form a ragged hole within the spot. Leaf spots on watermelons turn black. Elongated dark spots with light centers often develop on petioles and stems and can cause death of tissue beyond these spots. Young fruit may be killed, but large fruit usually develop depressed dark-bordered cankers with creamy pink colored ooze in the center. It overwinters in seed and in residue from diseased plants, and is spread in splashing water. Moist weather and frequent rains promote disease development.
Bacterial Wilt is one of the most important diseases of melons and cucumbers. This pathogen is spread from plant to plant by the feeding activities of striped and spotted cucumber beetles. Wilting of one or a few leaves is the first symptom of this disease. It enters the water-conducting tissue resulting in a restriction of water flow within the plant. In the early stages of the disease, plants with wilt symptoms may recover during the night, and wilt again in the heat of the day. After several days, the wilt becomes permanent, and the plant turns yellow and dies Initial symptoms of wilt are pale, wilted sections of leaves that are often associated with feeding injury. Leaf tissue between veins becomes yellow while main veins often remain green even after the rest of the leaf tissue dies. It progresses from localized leaf symptoms to collapse of individual vines and eventually to plant death. When plants are affected young they often die quickly. Older plants may continue to grow, but fruit will be small and/or soft.
Many producers/growers have sprayed their crops with an AmeriBest Mist Sprayer. They have reported excellent results at treatment levels 25-30% below conventional spraying methods and in half the time!
Vine crops like melons, cucumbers, pumpkins, grapes, etc. thrive because the A1 Mist Sprayer will deposit spray droplets on the underside of the leaves. This is next to impossible with conventional boom or aerial spraying methods.
Organic Insect Control
Mist Sprayers are perfect for Organic Producers. There are many organically acceptable insecticides and fungicides on the market that will allow you to protect your crop. Mist Sprayers provide you with excellent coverage while using less active product and without using high volumes of water. The Mist Sprayer''s swirling air vortex deposits more uniform droplets on all sides of the plant foliage. In fact, 30% or more are deposited on the underside of the leaf. You will also find that you will spend much less time spraying too.
A UC Davis Vegetable Research and Information Center Study notes that many organically approved pesticides degrade rapidly in the envrionment, thus creating the need for ongoing applications during the growing season. Insects can become resistant to certain pesticides, however UC Davis notes that it is not so common with short-residual pesticides, and not likely when using soaps and oils that suffocate or dislodge the pest from the crop. They report that thorough coverage and timing of the spray application is more important than the choice of the active product. They suggest a combination of materials will be more effective than a single product alone.
UC Davis provides the following examples of organically approved product applications:
- Reduce Aphid populations with oils, soaps, perethrum/rotenone combinations.
- Reduce White Fly populations with multiple applications of soaps and oils... they note that thorough coverage of the underside of the leaves is important as that is the are where whitefly nymphs feed.
- Leafminer control requires several applications as pupae in the soil are not controlled with short-residual productions. Adults can be killed with azadirachtin, pyrethrins and rotenone to limit the population.
- Leafhoppers can be reduced with applications of pyrethrins and rotenone in the nymph stage.
- Mite control with sulfur sprays, light mineral oil, vegetable oil or neem seed oil is possible. However, crop foliage or fruit damage may occur.
Foliar Feeding - Foliar feeding is used when insufficient fertilizer was used before planting, when a quick growth response is wanted, when micronutrients (such as iron or zinc) are locked into the soil, or when the soil is too cold for the plants to use the fertilizer applied to the soil. Foliar-applied nutrients are absorbed and used by the plant quite rapidly. Absorption begins within minutes after application and, with most nutrients, it is completed within 1 to 2 days. Foliar nutrition can be a supplement to soil nutrition at a critical time for the plant, but not a substitute since greater amounts of plant material are needed than what can be absorbed through the plant leaf at any given time. At transplanting time, an application of phosphorus spray will help in the establishment of the young plant in cold soils. For perennial plants, early spring growth is usually limited by cold soil, even when the air is warm. Under such conditions, soil microorganisms are not active enough to convert nutrients into forms available for roots to absorb; yet, if the nutrients were available, the plants could utilize them. A nutrient spray to the foliage will provide the needed nutrients immediately, allowing the plants to begin growth.