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Wide drift control

A new boom design for Redball's 3-pt., front-fold sprayer reduces drift on booms up to 80 ft. wide. The new boom has a stationary outer wing that adds strength and allows use of a broadcast spray hood on the larger booms. Available on the model 655 sprayer, the boom allows spraying under more conditions. The sprayer retails for $14,000 to $20,000, depending on boom widths and options. Contact Redball, Dept. FIN, Box 159, Benson, MN 56215, 877/332-2551, or

Air-seeder monitor

Still have some planting left? Make it easier with the new Dickey-john Seed Manager SE designed to work with air seeders, drills and planters. A modular unit, it monitors up to 96 rows as well as shaft rpm, fan rpm, hopper levels, ground speed and air pressure. A 48-row monitor retails for $4,200, and a 16-row unit costs $3,000. Contact Dickey-john Corp., Dept. FIN, 5200 Dickey-john Rd., Auburn, IL 62615, 217/438-3371,

Whose farm is better?

Compare your farm practices and finances with those of other farmers in your county, state or region through a new online service called Crop Check. The North Central Soybean Research Program launched the new program last winter. Growers can confidentially identify and compare their practices and tabulate results from a pool of participants' farm records. Individuals are not identified. The free service is available at For more information, call David Wright at the Iowa Soybean Association at 800/383-1423 or send him an e-mail at

All-in-one nozzle

This new nozzle can transform a pesticide sprayer into a liquid fertilizer machine. The TeeJet QJ360F is an all-purpose, high-flow nozzle body with three, four or five turret outlets in addition to a large-volume fertilizer outlet with flow rates in excess of 100 gal./acre. The nozzle body can be fitted with a wide array of nozzles using Quick TeeJet caps for varied spraying needs. Spraying work for an entire year can be managed by turning the dial to the best nozzle for the job at hand. Available fertilizer nozzles include broadcast tips such as the Turbo FloodJet, large-capacity, flat spray nozzles, and an assortment of solid-stream nozzles. Price: $15.21. Contact your local TeeJet dealer or Spraying Systems Co., Dept. FIN, Box 7900, Wheaton, IL 60189-7900, 605/338-5633, or

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