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.

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Voyager Camera in R4030 Sprayer and Sloan Mapping Service

by Matt Sweitzer, Atwood, IL

For the most part all of the corn is side dressed and sprayed here in Atwood.  Most guys are working on getting all of the beans sprayed now. We did experience some camera problems with the new sprayers.  It seems the Voyager camera is the only one Deere offers a harness for currently.  We installed one Voyager camera and the fuse for the camera kept getting blown.  After further inspection the harness had been wired incorrectly and a new harness fixed the issue. SWTY26989 REVISION B is the harness you need to connect a Voyager camera. Revision A is made incorrectly. If you need to connect a cab cam we will probably need to go through Ag Express for now.

We have been able to visit a few farms and get planting data downloaded and printed for our mapping customers. See your local AMS specialist for more information on our mapping service or visit the website.  We have a few guys getting their combines ready for wheat next month. I already had one customer that had a GS3 in a 70 series combine freeze up. A new moisture sensor software seems to fix this problem as we discovered last fall.

R4030 Sprayers, Green Star Documentation, & Wisconsin Planting Progress

by Joe Brunker, Monroe, WI

A lot of guys done with corn or close up here now. It’s been wet most of the week though. Customer’s to the north and east have had A LOT or rain.

Before the rain, we were still getting a lot of documentation calls. Most of the time the documentation was missing something. The easiest way to fine what’s wrong is to go into: Main Menu, Greenstar, Diagnostics, and view Recording. Usually Corn, Beans, Product Application etc. will say “No”. Then you can go into the Documentation button and see what is missing.

Lots of planter operation and down force questions when we were planting as well.

We’ve got a few R4000 series sprayers out. It’s common to have the far outer boom sections shut off slowly. One sprayer must have had air in the boom. We lowered the center section and raised both wings up while spraying with the outer tips off. Cycling the master spray switch on and off numerous times eventually got the air out and we were able to put the tips back on and it would shut off correctly. On another R4030, this would not fix the issue. We found the outer boom valve bad. Replaced the valve and it’s working correctly now. The new boom aspirators do help with quicker on and off times.