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Telescoping boom

Former custom applicator Bob Beggs spent many hours in his sprayer contemplating a better boom design. Four years ago he built a prototype of his idea: a telescoping boom that will shut nozzles on and off as boom lengths are adjusted. “Last year we had 10 units in the field and reports came back with no troubles noted,” Beggs says.

Begg's Super Spray Booms are designed to retrofit on all major brands of sprayers and are compatible with any brand of tractor with more than 50 hp that has a Cat. III, 3-pt. hitch. Beggs claims the booms will eliminate overspray and overlap because they shut nozzles on and off while they telescope in and out to avoid obstacles or to accommodate varying row spacing. They can be used with saddle and pull tanks and with a drawbar or 3-pt. hitch. The booms feature an 8-ft. breakaway.

Beggs says a sprayer traveling at 10 mph, equipped with a standard 90-ft. boom, will cover about 109 acres/hr., whereas his 132-ft. system will cover 160 acres/hr. “That's one-third more ground covered but with one-third less wheel traction and less turning,” he claims. “A 160-acre field typically is covered in 15 rounds; this system does it in only 10 rounds.”

Prices: 60 to 90 ft., $20,950; 74 to 132 ft., $23,200; 80 to 150 ft., $28,950. Prices include complete all-aluminum booms, single dripless nozzle bodies and all plumbing to reach the rear of the machine. Booms are shipped assembled. Check out a short video on the company's Web site of the boom in action. Contact Super Spray Booms, Dept. FIN, N6875 5th Ave., Plainfield, WI 54966, 800/354-1136,

7 key points of a contract for IP grain

Contracts for identity-preserved (IP) products will help ensure that all parties involved are satisfied and responsibility isn't dropped in your lap. But make sure you read and understand the contract before you sign.

  1. Know the delivery schedule: You could be squeezed for cash flow because you are left holding the crop for a long time.

  2. Pricing is key: Is it just a delivery contract with pricing to be determined off the market at delivery? Or is some or all of the crop priced at the time the contract is signed? Find out if you are paid a premium for grain segregation.

  3. Know the point of delivery and assumption of freight charges.

  4. Be aware of minimum grade and understand the terms of the contract should the delivered grain fall below minimum grade.

  5. Know who does the grading and whether there is a conflict resolution mechanism in the case of a grade dispute.

  6. Find out the tolerance levels for foreign matter.

  7. Make sure the contractor is licensed and bonded.

-Seeding Today

How to build chemical storage

On-Farm Agrichemical Handling Facilities covers all you need to know to build safe storage for ag chemicals.

Topics include environmental and safety requirements, the main areas of a storage facility and storage alternatives. The book gives detailed information about building storage and chemical mixing rooms; lists safety equipment and types of record keeping needed; and shows different types of equipment loading and rinsing methods.

Other sections cover building ventilation, humidity and temperature; warning signs; fire safety; security; personal emergency equipment; and picking out a good building site. Price: $7, plus postage and handling. Contact NRAES, Dept. FIN, 152 Riley-Robb Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, 607/255-7654,

Control soybean fungi

The EPA has approved new labels for use of Quadris on soybeans. It can be used in-furrow or banded to control soilborne diseases in soybeans.

The maker of the fungicide, Syngenta, has labeled it for foliar application at a rate of 6.2 to 15.4 oz./acre on soybeans to control aerial blight, and 12.3 to 15.4 oz./acre to control anthracnose, Alternaria leaf spot, brown spot, Cercospora blight, and leaf spot, among others. The higher rates should be used under conditions favorable for severe disease pressure, dense plant canopies or when susceptible varieties are planted. No more than two applications of Quadris should be made per growing season.

The company also announces a new formulation of Gramoxone. You can treat more acres with 1 gal. of Gramoxone Max; it contains 3 lbs. of active ingredient (the previous formula contained 2½ lbs./gal.). Contact Syngenta Crop Protection Inc., Dept. FIN, Box 18300, Greensboro, NC 27409, 800/334-9481,

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