When it comes to making the most of your growing season, the biggest returns on your investment can be found in the smallest of details. Follow these tips to ensure your sprayers and equipment are ready to hit the ground running when your application windows open.
After the winter and last season’s application, it’s important to ensure that no residue or build-up is clogging your nozzles or microtubes. Flush your sprayer’s system and check all splitters and pumps. Clogged nozzles can cause improper weed control application, leading to losses in both time and money.
Inspect Your Sprayer
Your farming tools work hard during the application season. That’s why it’s important to make sure your sprayer is in top condition before heading to the field. This includes:
- Checking fluid levels and inspecting for leaks
- Ensuring batteries are charged and tires are inflated
- Inspecting hoses and nozzles for wear and tear from the previous season
- Flushing the system with clean water, especially if it was stored with antifreeze
- Checking the machine’s frame for any metal cracks or breaks
- Confirming that all electrical systems and safety features are fully operational
Technology Updates and Calibration
Run a diagnostic check on your sprayer, or check with your local Case IH dealer, to make sure that all electronics and software are up to date — including your visual guidance technology. Calibrate your sprayer’s system ahead of time, using a catch test for dry spreaders and the flow meter for liquid applicators.
Little Things Go a Long Way
When it comes to your sprayer, the key to productivity is paying attention to the finer details. New technology allows you to take precision to the next level — and because time is money, you’ll gain your return on investment sooner than you might think. More accurate application with fast, simple adjustments will help you get the most out of each pass and increase your ROI.
Choose the Right Spray Nozzle
Choosing the right sprayer tip is key to accurate application. Using the incorrect nozzle for your specific operation or environment can result in underapplication or overapplication, as well as potential drift to neighboring fields.
To learn more about different sprayer tip options, including both nozzle types and materials, check out this guide.
By properly preparing your equipment now, you can make the most of your application days this growing season. Talk to your local Case IH dealer to learn more on how to maximize your application investment and explore new technology to ramp up your productivity.