Sensors guide sprayer
Make the most out of your sprayer's center rack by deploying sensors across your boom with Raven's AutoBoom XRT kit. With new radar-sensing capabilities, spray doesn't obscure the signal sent to the ground and back, allowing XRT to stay responsive to changes in the landscape. It costs $10,000 to $20,000, depending on the boom and number of sensors. Contact Raven, Sioux Falls, S.D., at 605-336-2750 or visit ravenprecision.com.
Spot sprayer protects from drift
The ATV Broadcast Hooded Sprayer, ATV642, from Redball fits any universal trailer hitch on an ATV or UTV. It comes in four sizes: a three-, five-, seven- and nine-hood, which easily fold up for transport. This sprayer is ideal for grass turf management and spot spraying and fits in tight spots where traditional sprayers can’t. It retails for $1,000 to $2,000. Contact Willmar Fabrication, maker of Redball products, at 320-843-1700 or visit willmarfab.com.
Tanks for tending self-propelled sprayers
The Liquid Tender Trailer by Demco is for tending self-propelled sprayers to keep them going. It’s available in various sizes. The model pictured had two tanks, each holding more than 3,200 gallons. This model is featured on Demco’s drop deck trailer. Demco provides the tanks with the trailer, and the customer provides the additional equipment they want on it. Contact Demco at 800-543-3626 or visit demco-products.com.
Fix for pipes
TerreMax’s sweeping part F is a male thread by male adapter. It comes in 2- and 3-inch sizes. It is used in places such as the top of a transfer pump and can improve flow by about 15%. A 3-inch pump putting out 300 gallons a minute can gain an extra 45 to 50 gallons per minute with a sweep and fitting. For more information, contact TerreMax, Fontanet, Ind., at 812-877-5915 or visit terremax.us.
With the Hardi North America Navigator 5000 I version, the "I" stands for intelligence. This sprayer comes with IntelliTrack steering on the front, so the drawbar of the sprayer follows the tractor while the boom stays perpendicular with the rows. Smart valves on the front are all electronically controlled. Its Delta Force boom has a circulating-style plumbing system. It has individual stepper motors on each nozzle body, offering control down to the nozzle body. Contact Hardi North America, Davenport, Iowa, at 866-770-7063 or visit hardi-us.com.
Little black box
Keeping chemicals on target is the goal of the Case IH AutoBoom XRT. That little black box with a sensor now on self-propelled sprayers such as the Patriot 440 is a radar sensor that automatically scans and adjusts boom height control. There also is a gyro on the chassis that monitors changes in terrain and adjusts boom height accordingly. The AutoBoom XRT is 50% better in target accuracy, putting product where it belongs and avoiding spray drift events. It also offers the ability to switch between ground or canopy as your selected target. Visit caseih.com.
Dependable valves for sprayer boom
If you need compact, easy-to-mount valves on a sprayer boom or in a liquid-handling system, KZ Valve has what you need. The company’s two-way motorized ball valves are designed for extreme precision and are available in two sizes — either quarter- or 3/8-inch. Instantaneous on-off control lets you place the valve in the best position for optimum control. Use them in situations where a solenoid would be required. Cost varies from $55 to $100 list price per valve, depending upon size. Contact KZ Valve, Greenwood, Neb., at 800-288-1112 or visit kzvalve.com.
Boom flush valve in action
Pentair launched the Hypro Express Flush Valve to meet the need for a way to flush out spray booms thoroughly and easily. Note the valve in the open position in this recirculating demonstration system, with water rushing out the end of the boom. Spokespeople say you can flush the entire section of boom with the turn of a handle. The Express Flush Valve increases flush time dramatically over the Express End Cap, which is only a plug. List price for just the valve is $43. Contact Pentair, New Brighton, Minn., at 651-766-6300 or visit pentair.com.
Midsize sprayer offered
Equipment Technologies introduces the AS840 Apache sprayer for 2020. The AS840 features an 800-gallon tank. The smallest sprayer in the lineup before this introduction carries a 700-gallon tank. Ken Covey of Apache says this allows you to get a few more acres per tank before refilling compared to the 700-gallon model. You can get all the precision-tech bells and whistles on the AS840 as on other Apache models. These sprayers now come with two years of free in-cab, remote support. Contact Equipment Technologies, Mooresville, Ind., at 800-861-2142 or visit etsprayers.com.
Commercial sprayer, dry applicator
Exmark acquired the Z-spray line that previously was offered by a different manufacturer. The model shown operates as a standard zero-turn machine and functions as a sprayer or spreader. Use a spray boom to spray with a 60-gallon capacity tank or spread a dry product with the dry material box. The machine is hydraulically driven. This model lists at $13,799. Contact Exmark, Beatrice, Neb., at 402-223-6300 or visit exmark.com.
Sprayers offer traction control
The R4045 sprayer features a power train that allows for a new style of traction control, letting you maintain ground speed in various conditions. Compared with earlier models, this machine is more efficient on fuel and the cab is quieter. Deere also introduced the R4060 sprayer with many of the same features. The R4060 is equipped with a 1,600-gallon spray tank for those who have more acres to cover and want to carry more spray solution on board. Visit deere.com.
Sprayer gets updates
Now that it’s officially part of the John Deere family, the Hagie sprayer line also is getting updates. The STS16 for 2020 comes standard with all-wheel drive, providing a tighter turning radius so that you run over less crop. You can equip it with a new 132-foot spray boom. The boom is a hybrid of aluminum and steel material and is built for efficiency and durability. For more information, visit hagie.com.
Better late-season sprayer guidance
Do you cringe when you see part of a row of corn knocked over during a late-season nitrogen or fungicide application? Truesight Sprayer Guidance could be your answer. It uses the Truesight 2 controller Headsight uses in other applications. Guides fit on the front of the sprayer. The goal is to pull the sprayer back into the right position even if you’re using GPS. It’s been tried successfully on various makes in beta-testing. Look for a limited release for 2020. Contact Headsight Harvesting Solutions, Bremen, Ind., at 574-546-5022 or visit headsight.com.