Hops farming

Fungal infections, such as peronospora, botrytis, powdery mildew and downy mildew, as well as pests including hop aphids and the two spotted mite, can seriously impact hops. Effective plant protection plays a key role in ensuring stable yields and healthy hops. Pesticides help to ensure that the hops plants can withstand the high exposure to infection throughout their vegetation period. One key factor is the pesticide thoroughly penetrating the foliage, so all the leaves are fully and evenly coated. VICAR radial blowers are equal to this task thanks to the high air speed that they achieve with a lower volume of air compared to other types of blowers. The air, which serves to transport the pesticide, can thus be better directed and positioned to achieve an efficient, sparing application with minimum drift. The radial blowers feature a powerful and adjustable airflow, which can be used to penetrate the foliage and fully coat the leaves on both seedlings and adult hops plants standing as tall as 8 metres. The high power turbines are easy to operate right from the tractor via hydraulic vertical adjustment. The result is a highly flexible spraying system that can be tailored to the specific needs of the crop.

Benefits of VICAR radial blowers

  • Targeted application of the pesticide
  • Excellent penetration of the canopy
  • Different nozzles available
  • Air outlets can be rotated 360 degrees and are suitable for seedlings, tall trees and everything in between
  • Quiet operation
  • Long service life thanks to the high-quality materials
  • Multi-purpose


Great flexibility thanks to the various air outlets

The different settings for the air outlets on the 540 series turbines from VICAR mean that businesses growing a variety of crops only need to purchase one device for their entire plant protection. You can find further information here: