Custom applicator Larry Dyck put 600 miles on his Ag Shield Road Side Sprayer last year, doing road work for the Rural Municipality of Chesterfield in western Saskatchewan.
“They had me spray some of these roads because they didn’t want to grade due to the erosion factor,” Dyck said.
“On those roads, I eliminated one grader operation with chemicals. They didn’t have to touch them at all (with the grader).”
Dyck said he uses glyphosate to kill grass on the edges of the road, which eliminates the need for the grader to scrape them up, push them over and then pull the gravel back.
“That probably saves them 50 percent of the grader time they used to waste pulling it back again. The councillor says it’s saved the RM a fair stack of cash,” he said.
“It’s also cut down on their mowing by about 60 percent on the roads where I sprayed for broadleaf weeds and volunteer crops. There were roads I sprayed last summer where they never had to mow, simply because they didn’t need to until fall. That’s a big saving.”
Dyck said controlling shrubs and small trees on the far side of the ditch with a hand wand has always been a big time-waster.
“But if the shrubs aren’t too tall, they can now be sprayed by the end nozzle on the lower boom,” he said.
“The shield prevents spray from drifting into the field, allowing the operator to run almost at the edge of the crop. You’ve got to spray them (shrubs and trees) while they’re lower than four feet or else you won’t get good coverage at the growing point. Once they’re over four feet tall, you’ve got to stop the truck and use the hand wand.”
Grasshoppers and other insects have not been a problem recently in the areas where he works, but Dyck said it will be easy to tank mix insecticides into most of the herbicide products he uses when the pests return.
For more information, contact Dyck at 306-236-3834.