Micron Group, manufacturer of low volume precision sprayers for horticultural and amenity applications have recently had their Enviro range of shielded equipment assessed for LERAP (Local Environmental Risk Assessment for Pesticides) Low Drift status by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate. Micron Varidome, Spraydome, Undavina and Spraymiser sprayers (both CDA and HiFlo models) have all achieved a three star LERAP accreditation – the highest rating currently available in the UK – which recognises the sprayers as a DRT (Drift Reducing Technology) with proven drift potential reduction of over 75 percent.
The extensive wind tunnel testing carried out in conjunction with Silsoe Spray Applications Unit to support the LERAP application had shown that the shields actually have the potential to reduce spray drift by over 95 percent.
Commenting on this achievement, Tom Bals, Chairman at Micron, said:
“Ever since the inception of our company in 1954, targeted pest control has been at the heart of our business. For decades our research and development efforts have been dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of pesticides through innovative technologies with a particular focus on low volume application – initially via atomisers and sprayers using Controlled Droplet Application technology invented by Micron which is also a DRT. Current demands require increasing precision of product placement through careful spray system selection and our newly developed range of shielded DRT sprayer systems offers users major commercial benefits in terms of targeted application and economy of pesticide usage.”