The Stara Imperador 3 outside a company facility in southern Brazil. It is the only large capacity sprayer on the global market with a mid-chassis boom placement. The company says this keeps its boom more stable and helps the overall machine with its balance of load.  |  Stara photo

Triple-tasking applicator does it all: sprays, spreads and seeds

HANOVER, Germany — This Brazilian-built self-propelled multitasking applicator may sound new, but it’s actually a melding of two existing machines — a granular spreader and a liquid sprayer — with a new pneumatic seeder for cover crops thrown in for good measure. Introduced two years ago by Brazilian manufacturer Stara, the hybrid Imperador 3 has […] Read more

Rob McClintock of DuPont opens a door on the Precision Pak 3.0. The unit will improve speed of delivery for dealers and producers with an option of mini-bulk loading.  |  Michael Raine photo

Herbicide dispensing made easy, more efficient with new system

PrecisionPac 3.0 dispensing is the next advance in the effort to allow producers to buy the exact volume of herbicide they need, down to the last drop. The PrecisionPac delivery system, which DuPont announced last week at the Ag in Motion farm show near Saskatoon, was first introduced in 1999. However, it has been re-designed […] Read more

While bigger than a man, the Yamaha Rmax is still not a full-sized aerial spray unit. It is now licensed for use in the U.S. and there is interest in Canadian agriculture as well.  |  Yamaha photo

Chopper drones developing ag uses

Drones can deliver pizzas and perform military strikes — and now Yamaha helicopters can spray pesticides and fertilizer in the U.S.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approved the use of drone helicopters for pesticide application May 1, and the first unit is now spraying in California orchards and vineyards. These aren’t the small battery-powered hand-launch helicopters with cameras strapped to their bellies. Instead, they are 207 pound Yamaha choppers powered by two-stroke and […] Read more