Wheat School: Which is the best streamer nozzle?

What’s the best choice of streamer nozzle? It’s a question RealAgriculture agronomist Peter Johnson is asked countless times every year.

Well, here’s the answer. In this episode of the RealAgriculture Wheat School, WheatPete puts on his suit and gloves and heads to the field to show us how three-stream, five-stream and seven-stream nozzles compare. He also takes a close look at Chafer bars, also referred to as Needham bars.

There are pros and cons to every streamer nozzle, and each will do a good job if growers can keep the boom at 20 inches, says Johnson. “But most farmers – once they have the Chafer bars – never go back,” he adds while noting that “folding, breaking, and cost can be issues, but there’s very little burn.”

In the end, Johnson’s message is real simple: “Figure out what works best for you and grow great wheat.”

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Bernard Tobin

Bernard Tobin is Real Agriculture's Ontario Field Editor. AgBern was raised on a dairy farm near St. John's, Newfoundland. For the past two decades, he has specialized in agricultural communications. A Ryerson University journalism grad, he kicked off his career with a seven-year stint as Managing Editor and Field Editor for Farm and Country magazine. He has received six Canadian Farm Writers' Federation awards for journalism excellence. He's also worked for two of Canada's leading agricultural communications firms, providing public relations, branding and strategic marketing. Bern also works for Guelph-based Synthesis Agri-Food Network and talks the Real Dirt on Farming.

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