Good winter maintenance practices for herbicide sprayers help protect hefty investments and make sure the equipment is ready for spring.
Herbicide sprayers help keep weeds at bay and pastures healthy, making them one of the most powerful tools in a livestock producer’s arsenal.
They can come with a hefty price tag, but herbicide sprayers are a good investment, said Dirk Philipp, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture associate professor of forages.
“A pulled sprayer with a roughly 300-gallon capacity may cost around $5,000, but this is money well invested given its versatility,” Philipp said. “This type of sprayer can be equipped differently.
“Typically, these sprayers come with booms to either side that have nozzles in addition to a single center nozzle for broadcast spraying,” Philipp said, “Sprayers at this price range do not come with GPS, but a foam marker setup can be purchased and fitted on to the sprayer.”
Sprayers are used only a few times a year when herbicides are needed, and these herbicides require a lot of liquid during application. This can have adverse effects on sprayers if they are not properly maintained, Philipp said.
Philipp gives his advice below on how to properly care for herbicide sprayers to protect your investment.
University of Arkansas, by Emily Thompson
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