Sprayer tank cleaning between crops

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If you've been spraying su herbicides on cereals, then want to spray sugar beet. I use a tank cleaner such as All clear / tank cleaner
Usually with the rinsings I have a stubble field which I would opt to spray on.
If not, does All clear / tank cleaner have any effect spraying back onto original crop, in this case cereals ?
 
If you've been spraying su herbicides on cereals, then want to spray sugar beet. I use a tank cleaner such as All clear / tank cleaner
Usually with the rinsings I have a stubble field which I would opt to spray on.
If not, does All clear / tank cleaner have any effect spraying back onto original crop, in this case cereals ?

I would be very careful going from cereals where you have used SUs and then straight on to beet, all-clear or not. Can you spray another crop first, preferably one without any herbicides in it so you have some 'distance' between crops?
 

Boysground

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I would be very careful going from cereals where you have used SUs and then straight on to beet, all-clear or not. Can you spray another crop first, preferably one without any herbicides in it so you have some 'distance' between crops?
That’s what I like to do between sensitive crops, I don’t spray beet but with maize osr and beans there’s times I have to be careful.

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Boysground

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Wiltshire
If you are going to use say 1000 litres of water for washing out, you are much better to wash 4 times with 250 litres than once with 1000.
the more you can minimise any residual volume left in the sprayer between rinses the better.

I think I was once told 3 rinses is best. My 4000 litre tank has a a 450l was tank so I like to do 3x 150l rinse.

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That’s what I like to do between sensitive crops, I don’t spray beet but with maize osr and beans there’s times I have to be careful.

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It's always good to spray any cereals which are just fungicide after you have done the ones which are fungicide + herbicide, so sequencing your spraying will help keep the sprayer cleaner/safer.

Liquid fert is also good for a clean out I am told.
 
I tend to use BASF Nutrilise was recommended by somebody on here as better than all clear for getting gunk out. Seems to be good.

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Have you ever used tank and equipment cleaner and if so, what is it for?

Also, just to add that I firmly believe that anyone doing spraying on a serious scale should be BASIS trained (do it over winter) so they have more knowledge and confidence in what they are doing. Most spray operators I know are pretty switched on and would easily be able to pass the course. Having more than just knowledge of labels will help detect/prevent a potential fudge up a lot sooner as they will spot errors even on the rec sheets.
 

Flat 10

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Fen Edge
De sangosse tank and equipment cleaner is excellent. All clear isn’t a cleaner just a neutraliser for SUs. Dishwasher tablets are good cleaners. There are other chemicals people use which I forget. The ones I have mentioned I believe (but am not certain, don’t kill anything!) are crop safe.
 
De sangosse tank and equipment cleaner is excellent. All clear isn’t a cleaner just a neutraliser for SUs. Dishwasher tablets are good cleaners. There are other chemicals people use which I forget. The ones I have mentioned I believe (but am not certain, don’t kill anything!) are crop safe.

Is tank and equipment cleaner supposed to be used to clean out tanks/booms and then sprayed on to stubble etc?
 

cia72

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central Scotland
Is tank and equipment cleaner supposed to be used to clean out tanks/booms and then sprayed on to stubble etc?

De sangosse tank and equipment cleaner is excellent. All clear isn’t a cleaner just a neutraliser for SUs. Dishwasher tablets are good cleaners. There are other chemicals people use which I forget. The ones I have mentioned I believe (but am not certain, don’t kill anything!) are crop safe.
How many dishwasher tabs do you use? Pendamethlin is my biggest cleaning problem
 

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