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Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by farmerknowsbest, Apr 6, 2009.
Makes me wish I was a farmer..
Oh hi there,
The last couple weeks I've been busy applying fungicide to our corn fields.
Installed the rear boom kit to keep the sprayer clean and dry and to prevent the product from being wiped off while passing under the sprayer.
First field is tasseling so it is go time
First field the corn was about 8-9ft tall. The pipeline in front of the cab is 10ft off the ground
Very pleased with how little damage to the crop there is with this new sprayer
Very easy to stay on the row with a rear camera
Some corn was VERY tall
Without the rear boom option all that pollen would be wet and turning to cement.
You need at least one droplet per square inch of leaf area. With ground application that is very easy to accomplish.
You need a high rate of water so the 1400gal tank only goes 80 acres as opposed to 140acres with roundup
It's funny, 8 years ago you used to spray one strip, but now we spray the entire field and leave one strip.
Every morning meant a crop tour looking for the next field of tassels.
Our corn crop is decent but variable. Where it is good yields will be record, but where it is bad it is REALLY bad.
RTK sub inch accurate GPS autopilot makes the job a breeeze
A rare problem for our area in corn. Pulled into this field and after the first round the sprayer was crawling with grass hoppers!
While we have had excellent results with fungicide in corn, we can't seem to get reliable economic payback results in beans
Still we're doing several trials this year again
This job is quickly becoming a favourite of mine. Makes for some great photos.
Questions or comments welcome.
That is a impressive set-up. How wide is that sprayer?
10 section 120ft boom on 15" nozzle spacing. 1400gal tank and 4 wheel steer.
That's 96 nozzle's if i did that math right. Do you have something in that machine that keep's up with individual nozzle's? I about break my neck watching 20 nozzle's for trash on my little 300 Gal. sprayer.
98 actually. There is a nozzle behind each rear wheel as well to make up for driving through the application.
That's the nice thing about the front boom. All the nozzles are in front of you!
I thought you bought an 8010 at some point, but i must be thinking of some one else. Worked with 7088's and one 8120 last year and really like the 8010 based machines. This year it's 2 7230's and a 8230 with 2 40' drapers and a 35'. Boss must have thought i made the whole grain cart deal look too easy last year, no 2 combines fill up at the same speed now.
Nope, still rocking the 4000 hour 2388 with all the updates.
Well if you can handle a cart with that lot of combines you are a decent operator in my books.
After a weeks vacation touring Ohio, Indianna, Illinois, Iowa and Michigan it's back to work. Pushing hard to get this disaster of a barn yard cleaned up and the fence rows knocked out so we can get this land tiled and up and running for spring.
Waiting for the demo permit and then we're off to the races
Bye bye little shed
Getting there. Unbelievable how much crap these people had scattered everywhere in a couple acres. I do not envy you southern guys that do storm cleanup jobs!
Found a variety of old farm equipment. $$$
Planning on severing an couple acres just behind the garage and in line with the long driveway.
2 minutes of work and we had a mess.
Hour later it was cleaned up nicely
Third trailer of garbage ready to go to the dump!
Between the farm equipment and all the tin that was everywhere we are easily going to get a full dumpster of scrap
Started on the fencelines. Loaded the trees on the truck and hauled them away from the house to be burnt.
A few more steps back
We have a high school kid working for us this summer and she had never been around a fire like this. She was absolutely fascinated by the heat off it.
Nice clean burn
Had to rake 2 acres of weeds. Every pass with the root rake would find another roll of wire. Or a bath tub, or old carpet. Wood shingles. And the list goes on and on
Burnt really well
When we shut down for the night.
Getting a 35 tonne machine in the help with the fence rows and a small bush to get it knocked out quickly. Gonna have the big machine go at the trees and we'll follow with the truck and skeleton bucket dealing with the 100 or so loads of stone in the fencerows. Hopefully it dries up because this farm desperately needs tile. Scouted out a haul road in the weeds and until we get some sun there won't be a pretty way of getting to the back of the farm.
Unbelivable how some people can live like that.