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Design of a Decision Support Method to Determine Volume Rate for Vineyard Spraying

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 25(2): 145-151. (doi: 10.13031/2013.26323) @2009
Authors:   E. Gil, A. Escolà
Keywords:   Vineyard, Spray application, Dosaviña, Tree-row-volume, Coverage, Volume rate, Dose, Efficiency

Dose determination in crops such as grapevine, which develops a large canopy within a relatively short period of time, becomes a key factor on the final success of plant protection product (PPP) application. Efficacy of PPP applications depends on many factors. Based on multiple data obtained over several years in real working conditions using different types of sprayers in vineyards, and by adding a complete data base about crop characteristics (structure, crop stage, leaf area, LAI, etc.), the objective of this work has been to develop an easy and useful tool, Dosavia, able to determine the optimal volume rate in spray applications in vineyards.

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