4 Reasons Pull-Type Sprayers Won’t Go Out of Style
Apart from planting, applying chemicals has become one of the most critical aspects to successful modern farming. In fact, many farmers spend more time spraying than doing just about anything else. Whether it’s herbicide, pesticide or fungicide, getting the right concoction of goodies onto your fields can mean the difference between bursting grain bins or coming up a few bushels short.
When it comes to applying chemicals, however, the trend recently is toward self-propelled sprayers. There’s no denying that these big, specialized machines sure do add a level of convenience and comfort to the chore. However, that doesn’t mean pull-type sprayers are a thing of the past. Here are several reasons why many farms can benefit from having at least one conventional pull-type in their rotation, even if they have a self-propelled unit at the ready:
1. Breakdown Backup
The beauty of a pull-type sprayer is its ability to hook up to and unhook from just about any tractor. While it may seem pretty convenient, even cozy, to hop into the cab of a self-propelled, if an engine or drive train goes on the blink without a backup, those chemicals are just going to sit in the tank until it’s fixed. A pull-type sprayer is a cost-effective backup measure. Plus, if a tractor hooked to a pull-type breaks down, it can be disconnected and attached to a working tractor without losing a day or more of productivity.
2. Works When Wet
Around our facilities in the eastern Dakotas, farmers have been dealing with an unusal wet cycle since the mid 90s. The result is a lot of tire-swallowing mud that isn’t conducive to self-propelled sprayer travel. But by attaching a pull-type sprayer to a big four-wheel drive tractor, farmers can still get their chemicals applied in conditions that would bury a self-propelled axle high.
If you have an operation that uses Roundup-ready crops, for instance, running a pull-type sprayer in conjunction with a self-propelled can help increase productivity. By dedicating one to Roundup, it eliminates the need to flush chemicals when applying something else. The only drawback is having the required manpower to operate multiple machines.
4. Windows of Opportunity
The wind in the Upper Midwest is notorious for blowing constantly, which means a lot of waiting for the right conditions before applying chemicals. But when those slim 2- or 3-hour windows of opportunity do open at the end of the day, having a double-team attack of a pull-type and self-propelled sprayer can really increase efficiency. More capacity means more acres covered in a short timespan. And since pull-type sprayers have greater capacities than self-propelled sprayers, more chemicals can be applied before needing to refill the tank.