Sprayer Clean-Out Instructions

by Justin Bickel, Virden, IL

As weeds change and become tougher to control, the chemistry and techniques we use to control these weeds must also change. In doing so, we must also change the way we handle these chemicals to prevent contamination and crop damage. Proper sprayer clean out may not be just a simple, quick rinse with a small amount of water like has been done in the recent past. Some of these new formulas will require, not only a greater amount of water and time, but also a rinsing agent to insure that crop damage and system contamination do not result. This will not be the case with every tank mix but it is becoming obvious that some formulas will require additional steps. Erase Spray System Cleaner is available in 1 quart jugs at any Sloan Implement parts department, part number PM433QT, for $16.71 per quart.

Erase Sprayer Cleaner

Advantages of the Erase Cleaner

  • Advanced surfactant system that penetrates and removes dried on residues left behind from incompatible tank mixes
  • Emulsifier technology designed to solubilize oily residue build-up for easier purging of the system
  • Stronger alkalinity builders that maximize rinsate solution pH levels to rapidly accelerate the breakdown of vulnerable pesticides
  • Anti-corrosion inhibitors to protect equipment pumps, seals and plumbing

The Best Practice Spray Tank Clean Out Procedure

  • 1. Empty Sprayer
  • 2. Pre-rinse system (800 gl unit) use 300 gl of clean water.  Agitate and recirculate through sparge system and eductor system for 10-15 minutes
    • Set Controller to manual and use increase/decrease switch to open valve to wide open position.
    • Turn on tank wash nozzles and eductor wash system
    • Field apply on labeled crop if possible
  • 3. Refill unit with 300 gallons of clear water and add 2 qts/100 of Erase to tank or through eductor, and recirculate through sparge & eductor system for 20 minutes.
    • Remove boom end cap, flush booms with half the tank volume.
    • Reinstall end caps and spray out tank balance.
    • Remove all strainers, screens, multiple nozzle bodies, diaphragms, spray tips & caps and use soft brush to remove residue.  Allow parts to soak in bucket of cleaner solution.
  • 4. Reinstall nozzle bodies, diaphragms, spray tips, caps, screens, and strainers.  Repeat steps 3 through 3 b with 200 gallons of cleaner solution.
  • 5. Refill unit with 100 gallons of clean water, recirculate through system for 10 minutes and repeat steps 3a and 3b.

You can view Sloan Implement’s entire inventory of sprayer’s by visiting Sloans.com or clicking here Sloan Used Sprayer Inventory:

 

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

 

 

Frequency Change on StarFire iTC and 3000 GPS Receivers

by Jared Wheeler, Assumption, IL

It is important to make sure that your StarFire receivers are up to date before you head to the field to avoid loss of correction signal.  The new correction frequency is now 1545.9675.  It was changed to minimize the potential for interference from other agencies and industries.  You will need software version 3.73H or later on StarFire iTC receivers or 2.00R or later of StarFire 3000 receivers for this change to happen automatically with no interruptions. You can download the latest software by clicking here.  You can also manually change this number by going to the StarFire icon on your monitor and selecting the “Setup” tab at the top and changing the number in the “Correction Freq” box.  You may have to uncheck the “Default” box first before it will allow you make this change.

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Starfire Set Up Page to Change Frequency to 1545.9675

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 20 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.  Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

 

 

Wheat Harvest in Central Illinois

by Lucas Veale, Assumption, IL 

We cut 90 acres of wheat on a local farm south of Assumption.  We used the opportunity to get some “behind the wheel” experience for some employees in an S660.   The wheat was testing between 14-15.5% and we had to put some low heat on it to dry it for safe storage.  Once it was dry we moved it to a storage bin and kept the aeration fan running on it.  The wheat also had a low test weight due to the very wet weather leading up to harvest time.  The training was a success as those who got to operate the machine felt it was time well spent.  Hopefully we can do more in field experiences like this in the future.IMG_0099 (1) IMG_0098 IMG_0098 (1) IMG_0097 IMG_0096 IMG_0095 IMG_0094

 

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com

 

Wisconsin Crop Progress and Exactemerge Post Season Maintenance

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI 

We had a lot of rain the last few weeks, but most of the area crops are still in very good shape. There was some localized high winds causing some down corn and wheat.

Windblown Corn near Dodgeville, WI

 

 

Now we just need some heat and drier weather. A lot of 2nd crop alfalfa was made this past week.

Marshall Brothers 7930 cutting oats and peas

R450 Cutting Alfalfa

D & J Manthe Forage Service merging with 7270R

D & J Manthe Forage Services Chopping 2nd Crop

 

 

Wheat has begun to turn, but is still probably a couple weeks away from harvest.

 

 

Soybeans planted with the ExactEmerge planter have been very impressive. Consistent spacing really helped them push through and crust and emerge very evenly.

ExactEmerge Soybeans

ExactEmerge Soybeans

RTK Sectional Control Row Command Clutches

 

 

Before you put the ExactEmerge in the shed, here are some tips for winter storage and planter maintenance:

Purge all remaining seed

Install plugs in vacuum manifold bells

Empty and clean all seed hoppers

Relieve all spring tension on the closing wheels

Clean meters with a brush and mild detergent if needed to remove any seed treatment or talc buildup.

Remove the seed bowls

Spray bowls with graphite lubricant

Hang bowls on a wall out away from direct heat and/or sunlight

Remove brush belt and hang it on a wall

Clean out any fertilizer or insecticide and winterize with RV anti-freeze

Sloan Support is written by the product support team at Sloan Implement, a 19 location John Deere dealer in Illinois and Wisconsin.   Learn more at www.sloans.com