Friday, 21 February 2020 10:32

Amaselect turns the corner

Written by  Mark Daniel
The AmaSelect electronic nozzle selection system. The AmaSelect electronic nozzle selection system.

AMAZONE has raised the bar in the area of partial width spraying technology.

AMAZONE has added new band spraying and turning functions to its AmaSelect electronic nozzle selection system, available on all AMAZONE UX trailed sprayers and Pantera self-propelled sprayers. 

AmaSelect is an electronic multi-nozzle control system that automatically selects and activates the best nozzle according to the desired application rate and forward speed. Positioned at 50 cm intervals along the boom, each ‘pod’ comprises four individually controlled nozzles. 

In use, the operator enters the optimum pressure range for each nozzle into the ISOBUS operator terminal. Once the optimum pressure range of a nozzle is reached, AmaSelect automatically switches over to a smaller or bigger nozzle or adds a second nozzle to the spray circuit. Standard fittings include LED lighting on each nozzle and the DUS Pro high- pressure recirculation system. An optional GPS-Switch function switches off individual nozzles in 50 cm part-width sections as the unit approaches headlines and other obstacles. Alternatively, an optional intermediate kit enables nozzles to be fitted at 25 cm intervals for high volume application or if target heights are less than 50 cm. 

CLAAS Harvest Centre product manager for AMAZONE, Steve Gorman, says the technology can significantly reduce spraying costs. “By itself, the automatic control of individual nozzles can reduce chemical costs by up to five percent ten percent when used in combination with AMAZONE GPS-Switch section control.”

 The new band spraying function enables any sprayer equipped with AmaSelect to be converted from whole-boom application to row-specific band spraying at the press of a button.

In operation, the AmaSelect Row function utilises special SpotFan 40-03 nozzles that deliver 100% of the crop protection agent across a 50 cm wide spray cone, with a 40-degree spray angle eliminating overlap. An extension kit is also offered to shift the positions of two nozzles in each pod to cater for 25 cm and 75 cm row spacing. 

Also new is the AmaSelect CurveControl function, which ensures constant application across the boom width during turning. “Increasing boom widths means over-application on the inside of the turn and under-application on the outside is becoming a major issue,” says Gorman.

“Over-application may damage crops, while under-application may result in incomplete weed, insect or disease control. Either way, both can lead to loss of yield, which is counterproductive to spraying in the first instance.”

CurveControl uses sensors to determine the curve radius, from where the AmaSelect system then automatically determines the correct nozzle and the application rate for each section across the boom.

More like this

Greendrill, a red-hot performer

Dubbed as a universal seeder, Amazone’s new GreenDrill 501 is said to be ideal for one-pass sowing of ‘catch crops’, fine seeds and undersown crops in combination with the company’s trailed cultivators.

Amazone goes back to the basics

Amazone has released a ‘back to basics’ mechanical version of its popular Cataya 3000 Special seed drill for its range of industry-leading rotary harrows and cultivators.

SP sprayer by any name

Amazone suggests its new FT1502 front-mounted auxiliary tank can turn any modern tractor into a state-of-the-art spray rig at a fraction of the cost of a trailed or self-propelled unit.

Hoeing the line

Amazone has reintroduced mechanical hoes to its cultivation line-up, as part of its integrated “plant protection” offering.

Air drill offers speed and capacity

The German manufacturer Amazone claims its new Precea precision air-seeder is accurate and user-friendly even at operating speeds of up to 20 km/h.



Change of tune needed

OPINION: It has been some weeks since we have had to face the ideological rhetoric, in any quantity, that has pervaded our lives for much of the last three years – and I haven’t missed it one bit!

Farmers adapt well to new sales model

Fonterra’s rural service subsidiary, Farm Source says farmer shareholders are adapting well to its new trading model under COVID-19 restrictions. 

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Cruelty to cows

The New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society, a lobby defending animals used in science has turned its attention to Lincoln University.

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter