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Launch Box Built For Drone Applicators
As a farmer, seed dealer and sprayer drone dealer, Taylor Moreland still finds time for new ideas. Im a tinkerer and an engineer at heart, so I used those skills to design and build what I call the Agri Spray Launch Box.
The 4-ft. tall steel box, built on a sturdy pallet size frame, carries a commercial-size spray drone together with all the essential items needed to operate it.
Moreland has been operating drones since 2014 and realized early on that they could be used for more than just crop scouting and providing visual data on colorful maps. When sprayer drones came on the market, I realized we could help farmers with a custom application business, so we became a dealer, Moreland says.
Because they use several pieces of equipment to prepare, load and manage the drones, Moreland realized that organizing all the components in one place would benefit the operation. Early ideas gelled into the Launch Box, which carries a T20 sprayer drone, its batteries, chargers, a generator and an auto-mixing system. Moreland says the Launch Box sits on a trailer or truck and pulls water from an external tank into its mixing system. Three separate ingredient tanks feed into that tank to create a spray mix for the drone.
Weve had several customers who started drone operations in 2021 and they were able to pay for their equipment and have an income the first season, Moreland says. A drone and the Launch Box are ideal for individuals or seed salesmen who want to offer another service to their customers, he adds.
Moreland says a T20 drone will cover more than 20 acres an hour, and this years new T30 model can do more than 30 acres an hour. Drones can apply liquid mixes at rates from 1/2 gal. to 10 gals. per acre. Herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and foliar fertilizers are commonly applied. Granular products like dry fertilizer or cover crop seed can also be applied. The drone weighs about 55 lbs. empty and up to 145 lbs. loaded.
The Launch Box is to a drone operator what a toolbox is to a carpenter, Moreland says. Its a way to bring components together into one area and make drone spraying more efficient.
The Launch Box retails for $13,000 plus shipping and drones vary in price depending on the model and accessories chosen.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Agri Spray Drones, 22900 March Rd., Centralia, Mo. 65240 (ph 573-519-5000; www.agrispraydrones.com).

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