1997 - Volume #21, Issue #6, Page #44[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
The 60-ft., 3-section boom can be raised up to 4 ft. off the ground and folds hydraulically against the sides of the tractor for trans-port. The boom mounts on a quick hitch adaptor that mounts permanently on the tractor frame. A pair of tanks, available in 300, 400, and 500-gal. sizes (total capacity), mount on the tractor 3-pt. Standard equipment includes a Raven SCS 440 controller and a V & M hydraulic multiplier to operate the 5-way folding boom. Other options are available.
"It lets you use the horsepower you've already got to do your spraying," says Yocom. "It's about the same price as a pull-type sprayer, but it eliminates a set of wheel tracks that can damage drilled or narrow row crops.
Also, the front-mount boom offers great visibility. Equipped with tanks totaling 500 gal. capacity and a Raven monitor, it sells for less than $15,000. Commercial self-propelled sprayers sell for up to $100,000, although they can be used in higher crops. It really works good on Roundup Ready soybeans where you want to keep the booms as close to the beans as possible in order to reduce spray drift."
The company also offers new "Turbo Drop" spray nozzles, imported from Germany, that are designed to reduce drift. The nozzles are equipped with a small orifice that sucks in air and mixes it with the liquid, resulting in large air-filled droplets that bust apart when they hit the plant.
The nozzles sell for $18 apiece.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Yocom Bros., Inc., 773 Perry Road, Cable, Ohio 43009 (ph 937 653-8767; fax 8567).
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