It may not be described as “bigger, faster, stronger,” but John Deere’s concept sprayer is catching eyes for another reason — it’s autonomous. Exhibited in the Future Technology Zone at Agritechnica in Hanover, Germany, the light-weight sprayer works on tracks to minimize ground pressure, while offering four-wheel stearing, and a ground clearance of 1.9m. Currently… Read More

RealAgriculture’s coverage of Agritechnica 2019 is made possible by Brevant Seeds. Find out how Brevant is locally tested, and makes your life easy by going to Brevant.ca. Ever since drones starting gaining more traction on farms, there have been farmers talking about whether one day drones would fill the sky, spraying crops. Think about it:… Read More

John Deere is expanding its 4-Series sprayers to increase the power, traction and capacity of 2020 models. Last week at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, the company rolled out the 1,600-gallon (6,057 litre) capacity R4060 sprayer with the new CommandDrive powertrain; R4045 sprayers will also come standard with the powertrain beginning in 2020…. Read More

On-the-go weed identification and custom application combine in concept to form the Xarvio Smart Sprayer, a prototype rolling out in field trials this year in both the U.S. and Europe. Warren Bills, commercialization manager with Xarvio, showcased the spray-boom technology at the recent Ag in Motion farm show, near Saskatoon. Bills says that the idea… Read More

American-based Raven Industries has long been known for its contributions to precision agriculture, from cloud-based data management to guidance and steering applications. The company has also worked on spray application, recently unveiling its Autoboom XRT boom height control with simultaneous ground and canopy detection. “We’ve been in the boom height control business for 14 to… Read More

While pulse width modulation (PWM) offers much to pesticide application – variable rates, individual nozzle control – it’s not without its challenges, namely “gumming up.” “It has a moving part – it’s called a poppet,” explains Tom Wolf of Sprayers 101, on RealAg Radio. “It looks like a little piston moving inside a cylinder. So… Read More

Can spray technology help us better manage the escalating problem of herbicide-resistant weeds? Spray guru Tom Wolf, from Saskatchewan-based Agrimetrix Research & Training, certainly thinks so. At the recent Canadian Weed Science Society meeting at Niagara Falls, Ont., Wolf highlighted two technologies he believes could help help growers manage weed resistance. In this video, Wolf and… Read More

More power and manoeuvrability top the list of improvements to New Holland’s Guardian sprayers. At the recent Farm Progress Show at Boone, Iowa, New Holland rolled out its SP370F and SP410F front-boom sprayers. Don Keller, sprayer product marketing manager, explains that both models come with a Cursor 9 FPT engine as well as an enhanced propulsion system. Ground drive… Read More