Author Archives: Susie Hinkle

Horsepower must make it to the ground to be effective

When it comes to horsepower farmers can’t seem to get enough when purchasing a self-propelled sprayer. While horsepower rating is important, the percentage of that power actually transferred to the wheels and, ultimately, the ground, is more important, said Jeremy Hurt, Senior Application Specialist for Equipment Technologies. “For instance, it takes a hydrostat sprayer a […]

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Ask the Application Specialists: What is Raven Hawkeye™ and how can it improve my application management?

Raven Hawkeye™ is a pressure-based spray nozzle control system available as an option for all new Apache Sprayers. The system is integrated with Raven’s Viper® 4 field computer and other ISOBUS-compatible terminals to provide more precise droplet sizes and consistent spray patterns from the boom to the field, thereby reducing spray drift. Hawkeye™ comes with […]

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It’s show time! Farm events require careful planning

Farm shows are a Walt Disney World for growers. Lots to see and do, rides and culinary offerings for every taste, spread out over dozens of acres. And like the famous amusement park built by a cartoon rodent, it’s easy to get lost at farm shows if a visitor doesn’t arrive with a touring plan. […]

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Ask the Application Specialists: What should I keep in mind when spraying at night?

Your sprayer’s guidance, boom leveling and spray section controls take on greater importance at night, in addition to your lighting package. GPS guidance will give your field computer a line to follow, so that you don’t miss areas of the field. It’s much more difficult to follow foam markers at night. Auto boom leveling and […]

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Ask the Application Specialists: I see changes in the boom rack on 2016 Apache Sprayers. What are the improvements?

The boom rack on 2016 Apaches now has an accumulator cushion on the fold cylinders. This protects the boom from forward and back forces going through the field. The entire boom now has only four grease zerks, those being on the fold cylinders. The rest of the pivot points have been replaced with non-grease poly […]

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Park it and forget it? Not if you want a field-ready sprayer next spring

Harvest is approaching, and with it the end of the 2015 crop season. As growers prepare to store their self-propelled sprayers for the winter they’ll need to do more than simply drive it into the barn, turn it off and close the door, said Mike Flatt, Director of Business Process Improvement for Equipment Technologies. “If […]

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Absolutely, positively must spray a wet field? Follow these tips to minimize risk

You’ve waited and waited and waited for the field to dry, but it hasn’t. Now weeds are starting to take up residence in your crops. Do you risk soil compaction by bringing in your self-propelled sprayer to apply herbicides, or keep holding out for better field conditions? There’s no easy answer, said Jeremy Hurt, Senior […]

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Ask the Application Specialists: I’ve stopped spraying for a couple of days because of weather conditions, and now my spray pressure drops when I start my sprayer. What’s wrong, and how do I fix it?

Your problem likely is chemical sediment that has built up and clogging the strainers in the nozzle tips. You should remove the strainers and clean them. That is done by soaking the strainers in a large bucket filled with water and maybe some dishwashing liquid, for 20 minutes or so. Most of the sediment will […]

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Ask the Application Specialists: Why do you recommend Lucas Oil products for Apache Sprayers?

There are many good engine and hydraulic oils for use in farm machinery, but we recommend Lucas Oil products because in tests we’ve conducted we’ve found them to be superior to other oil products. In our tests Lucas products are better filtered, meaning the oils are cleaner and have fewer particulates. More important is the […]

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Growers should watch their need for speed during application

Today’s self-propelled sprayers allow growers to apply agricultural chemicals to their fields faster than ever before. But there is a limit to just how fast they can go, said Jeremy Hurt, Senior Application Specialist for Equipment Technologies. “When are you going too fast? If you’re uncomfortable in the cab riding across a field, your machine […]

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