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ON TARGET. Eagle, Wis., no-tiller Tyler Troiola is targeting weeds on his second sprayer pass when his no-tilled corn is around V4-V5 using a John Deere See & Spray Premium system equipped with 36 cameras. Tyler Troiola

How to Integrate Smart Sprayers Into a No-Till System

Longtime no-tiller aims to cut down on chemicals with smart spray retrofit kit

No-tiller Tyler Troiola is using smart spray technology on his 2,800-acre corn, soybean and wheat operation near Eagle, Wis., for the first time, continuing a family tradition of innovation that dates back to the inaugural National No-Tillage Conference in 1993

“My uncles attended the very first National No-Tillage Conference, so our family has been no-tilling for over 30 years now and cover cropping for at least 15 years,” Troiola says. “They’ve always been on the cutting edge of farming.” 

30 years later, Troiola followed in his uncles’ footsteps by attending the 2023 National No-Tillage Conference in Indianapolis, Ind., which sparked his interest in smart spray technology. 

“There were a couple presentations and discussions about smart sprayers,” Troiola says. “I was skeptical at first but became interested after hearing other no-tillers talk about the cost savings. Plus, I want to be an early adopter of this technology before chemical usage is regulated because there are already counties in Wisconsin where atrazine use is restricted. I figured, why not try to cut down on herbicide usage on my own before it’s regulated?”

Retrofit First

After talking it over with his agronomist, input supplier and friends, Troiola decided to give John Deere See & Spray a try for the 2024 growing season. He went the retrofit route for his 2018 John Deere R4038 sprayer, opting for the See & Spray Premium. It’s a $25,000 system that can be installed on John Deere sprayers equipped with ExactApply nozzle systems as old as model year…

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Noah Newman

Noah Newman started at Lessiter Media in March 2022 as Associate Editor for No-Till FarmerStrip-Till Farmer and Cover Crop Strategies. He previously worked in broadcast journalism as a sports anchor/reporter for television stations in central Illinois and most recently Jackson, Mississippi, where he was named the state’s sportscaster of the year by the National Sports Media Association. The Cleveland, Ohio, native looks forward to engaging with growers, learning extensively about their operations, and sharing impactful stories with the audience.

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