Sprayers shed weight, get selective

BOONE, Iowa — Big and light — that’s the idea behind carbon fibre sprayer booms. John Deere began offering its version this year, starting with the Latin American market. That makes sense from a historical point of view. King Agro is one of the world’s only manufacturers of carbon fibre sprayer booms, and its 23-year […] Read more

Air-assist systems reduce spray drift

WOODSTOCK, Ont. — A lot is asked of farm sprayers and nozzles. Big, air-filled droplet packages are required that will resist drift under windy and thermal inversion conditions and are able to keep even the most aggressive herbicides from going off target. However, fine particles are also needed and must be applied like paint to […] Read more

Make your spray droplets glow in the dark

Farmers who like the way a disco strobe does that freeze-frame trick on their dance partner will love the way it stops action on their spray pattern. Moving those strobe lights from the disco to the spray boom might give them an entirely new perspective on what they’re doing in the field at night. Many […] Read more

Brush your cares away, go spray

A Wisconsin inventor hopes farmers will be interested in spending $4,000 to equip their spray booms with a new device he says can increase target coverage by 92 percent. Kurt Kamin has merged his experience as a sprayer operator with his pilot experience to develop a brush that hangs in front of each nozzle to […] Read more

Stop boom bouncing, banging and breaking

BRANDON — Sophisticated sonar boom height controls are great with a uniform top crop surface. However, an undulating surface will have those booms bouncing, banging and even breaking. The problem is that these systems take a sonar reading from a high spot in the crop, then a low spot, then a high spot again, followed […] Read more

New Holland debuts front boom sprayer

With the introduction of its Guardian SPF sprayers, New Holland has joined the growing group of companies selling front boom sprayers. The concept of mounting a spray boom on the front of the sprayer is not new, dating back to the 1960s when Ray Hagie moved the booms to the front of his model 435 […] Read more