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NSTS Testing

Keeping you Legal

When it comes to making sure your machines are safe to use and kept within the law now has never been so important. Since the legal requirements for all pesticide application equipment (PAE) to be tested came into force farmers are seeing increased benefits of regular testing.

At RVT we are an official NSTS Spreader and Sprayer test centre. We have a number of qualified NSTS examiners across the group to deliver an efficient and high standard service.

NSTS SPRAYER TEST

This comprehensive test covers all the application components of the sprayer to ensure the machine is working correctly and efficiently with further considerations of safety for the sprayer operative and the environment.

This comprehensive test covers all the application components of the sprayer to ensure the machine is working correctly and efficiently with further considerations of safety for the sprayer operative and the environment.

Major components of the sprayer tested include control systems, hoses and pipework, nozzles and nozzle control systems, filters, pumps, tank, chemical induction systems and booms. In addition it is recommended that computer control systems are checked to maximise efficiency and to satisfy the calibration element of crop assurance schemes.

Tests cost £225+vat up to 24m and £8+vat/m thereafter

NSTS SPREADER TEST

The National Spreader Testing Scheme takes on board economic, environmental and compliance issues to deliver this national standard for fertiliser spreader tests. The spreader testing protocol ensures all spreaders; disc, boom and pendulum, are tested to the same exacting standard.

While the immediate impact of inaccurate spreading is financial, it can also affect conservation field margins and lead to contamination of water courses.

According to Defra’s fertiliser manual (RB209), fertiliser spreaders should be regularly maintained and serviced, replacing worn parts as necessary. To check uniformity of spread pattern, trays should be used to produce a coefficient of variation across the full width of spread.

A coefficient of variation above 20% will lead to visible striping in crops. And as this figure increases from 20-30%, crop yields in wheat and oilseed rape for example, are likely to be reduced. Even if there is no visible stripes in the crop, there is no guarantee that fertiliser is being evenly distributed cross the desired working width.

The National Spreader Testing Scheme has been created to promote efficient use of fertilisers and to help growers achieve better yields. Additional benefits of annual testing include; the meeting of cross compliance and NVZ regulation, and ultimately delivering peace of mind that fertiliser application is correct.

Tests cost: up to £225+vat for 2 products

24m – 36m £250+vat for 2 products

Both prices include tests on 2 products, additional products will be charged at £35/product.

NSTS PELLETER APPLICATOR TEST

A well maintained and regularly tested machine helps to ensure pesticide operations are safe for the operator and environment, ensuring efficient and accurate on target application. These measures are a legal requirement. Non-compliance could lead to prosecution and threaten your farm assurance status and single farm payment 

Test cost £180+VAT

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To find out more about the capabilities of Precision Technology contact RVT Precision on 01743 289100 or email precisionfarming@reavalleytractors.com

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