With ground conditions having improved over the past week in many areas, some growers have taken the opportunity to dust off the sprayer and tidy up weeds or apply trace elements.

However, with temperatures set to plummet this week, growers are reminded to ensure their sprayers are prepared.

Sprayers are particularly susceptible to frost damage.

Sprayers should be washed out and the tank, lines and pump should be drained thoroughly before storage.

Add antifreeze to the tank and run all the lines and nozzles, including the induction hopper.

Store the sprayer indoors if possible, but, if not, remove the sensitive components and store these inside.