New Dry Application System Adds Value to Self-Propelled Sprayers

A poly tank with a stainless steel metering system from Fennig Equipment lets growers apply cover crops and late-season dry fertilizer across 120-foot booms.

SELF-PROPELLED sprayers can be a high-dollar investment for many no-tillers, but an equipment dealership has unveiled something that could add more value to the machines.

After a year of testing, Fennig Equipment is now selling a pressurized dry application system that fits on various brands of self-propelled sprayers, allowing growers to apply both cover crops and dry fertilizer across 120-foot boom widths.

Most dry application systems already on the market have Venturi-type technology that limit the distance covers or fertilizer can be applied, typically up to 90 feet, says Adam Fennig, sales representative at the Coldwater, Ohio, dealership. The pressurized tank allows growers to cover that additional width.

Fennig Equipment has been highly active in marketing vertical-tillage tools with Valmar seeders attached to them for applying cover crops.

More Versatility

This tool, which is compatible with New Holland, Deere, Case IH and Hagie self-propelled sprayers, gives no-tillers an option other than buying Valmar or Gandy boxes to install on farm equipment and being left to engineer the rest of the system themselves.

“We sell the Salford air cart, and this whole system is, in a roundabout way, a Salford air cart on top of a highboy,” Fennig says. “Y-Drops have become popular, and you could do sidedressing, go into late-season urea, switch right over to cover crops in mid-August through mid-September and have a year-round machine rather than just a spray rig,” he says.

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VERSATILE TOOL. The new dry application system developed by Fennig Equipment for self-propelled sprayers includes a

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.

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