The results show a reduction of the PPP up to 22% while maintaining correct biological control of citrus aphids, red mites and the California red louse.

An agronomic research team made up of Maria Teresa Martínez-Ferrer, Miquel Fibla and José Miguel Campos (IRTA-Amposta) and Santiago Planas (Centro de Investigación Agroalimentaria Agrotecnio) has published the results of the IRTA’s “Dose and drift in citrus” trial on the Sustainable Use of Phytosanitary Products, which received the support of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

The tests, carried out in Clemenules mandarin orange plantations located in Tarragona, demonstrate how Fede’s Futur Smartomizer H3O saves 22% of the phytosanitary product applied, maintaining the efficacy of treatments against aphids, red mites and California red louse, in comparison with conventional equipment from another brand.

In turn, the tests confirm that the Futur Smartomizer H3O performs a homogeneous distribution of the application. This precision in the application of the treatment, achieved by the Qi air group and the Fede H3O system, as well as the correct selection and calibration of the nozzles, allows to reduce air and soil losses by up to 62%. In addition, the Futur Smartomizer H3O generates 71% more air with 43% more speed than the conventional equipment above referred.

Therefore, the results confirm the efficacy and efficiency of the treatments carried out with the Smartomizer Futur H3O in contrast to the use of conventional equipment. The 22% savings in the use of pesticides and the reduction of spray losses by up to 62% translate into a significant reduction in the environmental impact of phytosanitary treatments in citrus, as well as significant agronomic benefits and greater profitability for farmers.