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Simple One-Wheeled Tramline Eliminates GPS, Markers

Rather than using complicated, expensive technology like GPS or foam markers when spraying crops with their 80-ft. field sprayer, the Peterson brothers at Jarvie, Alta., make a one-wheel "tramline" when seeding the field. This makes spraying extremely easy and efficient, they say. It's a simple technology these progressive farmers - with a 2,200-acre operation - think has been overlooked.
  According to Don Peterson, who farms with his three brothers, they simply block one run in the drill before seeding and remove the disk and press wheel assembly. Then, when spraying, they drive so that one of the tractor's front tires travels down that unseeded line.
  "This is not a common practice, but very, very effective," he says. "Many people seem to think they have to use the latest technology, even though there's no way to improve on this simple method. The sprayer width has to be double the width of the drill for it to work. A big advantage is that you're never overlapping and wasting spray. If you can save 10 percent on your spray, that's significant. Using this system, you're relaxed and looking straight ahead all the time."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Peterson, 10604 û 109 Ave., Westlock, Alta., Canada T7P 1C1 (ph 780 349-7126).

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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4