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6 Steps before spraying

Regular maintenance helps assure peak performance
Story and photos by Chris Villines 5/1/2018

 

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Ever had a sprayer breakdown in the midst of spraying? The lost time, frayed nerves, and potential repair expenditure are an unwelcome combination.

Lack of proper sprayer maintenance can cause variations in pesticide application rates. These variations can lead to ineffective pest control and potential crop injury, resulting in higher chemical costs and reduced profits.

“Regardless of how complex the sprayer is, basic seasonal maintenance steps apply,” says Robert Gannaway, GPS/application controls specialist for Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s Ag Equipment USA division. “Careful examination of sprayer components from the tank sump and strainers to the boom assembly will reduce stress, frustration, and lost revenue.”

With assistance from Wesley Sartain, a service technician at TriGreen Equipment in Manchester, here are six tips for spring sprayer maintenance:

For more information about sprayer maintenance, contact Robert Gannaway at Ag Equipment USA, 615-793-8523 or rgannaway@ourcoop.com or the Ag Equipment USA service shop, 615-793-8307.

 
 
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