TechTour: The Dash to fill the sprayer faster


With only limited good spraying days and plenty of acres to cover, efficiency is critical when it comes to spraying. Driving faster often comes with increased risks and reduced product efficacy, so the best place to make up ground? Reducing the time spent filling.

As Derek Friesen of Crystal City, Man. explains in this latest TechTour episode, the Dash Delivery System enables shorter sprayer pitstops by preloading up to 190 gallons of chemicals — liquid or dry — in four separate mix tanks.

Having built the original design for their farm, Southman Ag Ventures, the Friesen family has started marketing the Dash Delivery System through their manufacturing business, Phiber Manufacturing. The unit made its farm show debut at Ag Days in Brandon this past January.

A centre mount configuration of the Dash Delivery System.

“The premise is we want to keep our chemicals separate, but fill our sprayers very fast,” Friesen explains. “You have a $500,000 sprayer, you don’t want it sitting their idling, depreciating. We’d rather keep it spraying and cover more ground in a day.”

On their farm, they say they’re consistently loading 1,200 gallons with four products in 4.5 minutes using the Dash.

Recognizing that farmers like to build their own spray trailers, he says they build two base models — a centre mount and a rear mount — with multiple configurations and options.

Friesen explains how the Dash system works in the video below.

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