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Spraying Considerations for a Cool, Wet Spring

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This spring’s wet conditions have made getting into fields a challenge. We’ve seen some of the latest planting dates in history, and the cool, wet weather has resulted in prime growing conditions for weeds. Conditions for spraying those weeds and applying fertilizer have been less than ideal. What challenges have you faced with spraying this spring? 

These challenges are both pre- and post-emergence issues. Prior to planting, it was too wet in most areas to get nutrients and fertilizer on the ground, or to apply burndown chemicals to stop weed growth.  When producers had an open window, most were focused on planting, not weed control. Now, farmers are faced with applying herbicides after the weeds already have become established and are competing with the crop for nutrients, moisture and sunlight.

Chemical application timeliness is the most important factor in any crop protection practice. Case IH has the tools to help growers maximize their time and ensure the best possible application.

Patriot® sprayers can help make the most of less-than-ideal conditions. The cab-forward/rear-engine configuration optimizes weight distribution, minimizing rutting and soil compaction, and lets operators have more access to fields during tight operating windows.

The AIM Command™ spray system, available on all Patriot sprayers, provides consistent and constant droplet size at the correct rate, even when sprayer speed and ground terrain change. Operators can change droplet size on the go to minimize off-target application.

In our next post, Case IH Application Equipment Specialist Mark Burns will share tips for spraying in less-than-ideal conditions.

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