What is in this article?:
- Prepping sprayers for 2014: newest tech on the market
- Tricking out your sprayer
- What’s on your turret?
On-farm sprayers are gaining value due to crop protection, productivity improvement tasks. Maintaining your farm’s sprayer means working through numerous details. Look at key factors when considering an update or a trade for better performance.
What’s on your turret?
Those multi-nozzle systems are convenient, provided you’re ready.
Changing nozzles on a 120-ft. boom isn’t fun, but thanks to the nozzle turret, the job is a matter of a simple twist to move from one type of product to another during the season. Of course, on a 120-ft. boom there are a lot of twists, but the bigger question is whether you have the right nozzles on the turret for the products you’re applying.
Farm Industry News talked with Tim Stuenkel, who heads up marketing for TeeJet, for some guidance for the best nozzle class choices for your turret. While TeeJet models are listed in this example, competitive nozzles are available with similar performance profiles. This is simply a starting point for helping improve sprayer performance. These recommendations are geared for a three-nozzle turret for a Midwest corn and soybean producer; in other geographies, changes might be necessary.
For the first nozzle, perhaps for fungicide use or spraying a post-emergence product that works best with a medium coarse spray, a non-air-inducted tip makes sense. For TeeJet, that’s the Turbo TwinJet, which has a double flat fan pattern.
As a second choice, which may become very popular as new compounds come to market where drift is a concern, Stuenkel suggests the Turbo TeeJet Induction that uses air induction to provide extreme drift control. “This is not an all-purpose spray tip,” Stuenkel says. “But with drift concerns, having a low-drift nozzle choice on the turret makes sense.”
And a final nozzle class choice is the AIXR TeeJet Air Induction XR flat spray tip. With a 110-degree pattern, the air-inducted tip offers good coverage thanks to air induction. “This is a happy-medium tip for many products with good coverage and drift control,” he says.
When outfitting those handy spray turrets, think about your full-season spray needs, and have the right tips on board to get you through the crop year.