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By DAVID EAST
AUNIQUE and patented Italian-
developed column recycling sprayer
that can significantly reduce volume
while minimising environmental risks has
been released. Comprehensively tested by the
Bologna University Department of Economy
and Agricultural Engineering in some of the
top vineyards in Europe, the Bertoni column
sprayer is set to make its mark in Australian
orchards and vineyards.
Sydney-based distributor, Semco Pty Ltd
says the Bertoni column features:
• An ecologically-friendly mist sprayer,
incorporating a unique, highly-efficient
vacuum recovery system that captures and
re-uses excess spray that other wise would
• The ability to eliminate clouds of chemicals
and wind over-spray, reduce losses to the
ground, and prevent spray drift over
Because of the efficient design of its spray
collection system, the Bertoni can continue
spraying in windy conditions that normally
interrupt critically-timed spray programs.
Semco spokesman and director Satch
Santilli says the patented sprayer has already
been subjected to rigorous testing in some of
Australia's leading vineyards. The company is
staging a number of public demonstrations.
Mr Santilli said field trials in major
vineyards had shown that, depending on
foliage, up to 90 per cent of the chemicals
sprayed were recycled and reused.
"This dramatically reduces the cost of the
chemicals being used, making the machine a
cost-effective spraying option," he said.
"Its small application droplets mean there
is reduced fall-off from vine leaves and energy
consumption is also reduced because of lower
"The vertical columns are fitted with two
spray nozzle sizes and the unused spray heads
can be turned off for better application
Mr Santilli says the success of the Bertoni
spraying system was also linked to its use of
paired vertical ABS shields.
"Each shield contains an air conveyor
comprised of two couples of electric fans
which together with a properly designed
outlet sections, combine to form an
innovative air circulation system," he said.
"A vertical louvred panel incorporated in
the design intercepts any liquid which is not
retained by the vegetation and gathers it for
"The efficient design of the spray collection
system means spraying can be carried out in
"Growers questioning if the area coverage
may lead to dilution of spray need not be
"While the Bertoni sprayer minimises
wastage because of its vacuum recovery system,
our tests have shown the system provides
excellent coverage of all targeted areas.
"It saves time, chemical and labour while
still doing an excellent spraying job."
Mr Santilli said the Bertoni could be
attached to any tractor and was capable of
spraying two rows at a time.
"It features two spray nozzle sizes, allowing
for a more controlled application rate.
Unused spray heads could be turned off,
which led to further savings. The machine
features fast turnaround at the end of rows
and ensures maximum recovery of chemicals.
Details: Satch Santilli -- Sales Director Semco
Equipment Sales, 02 9833 6000 or 0419 468 580,
The Bertoni sprayer minimises wastage because of its vacuum recovery system, and tests have
shown the system provides excellent coverage of all targeted areas.
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