Vendors demonstrate precision spray techniques

Matthew Weaver
The Palouse Rock Conservation District offers a demonstration of precision spray equipment May 7 in St. John, Wash. Vendors will display the latest sprayer technologies.

Demonstrations of precision spraying components and techniques will offer Eastern Washington farmers a look at the latest technology for water, chemical and fertilizer applications.

The Palouse Rock Conservation District hosts a precision spray demonstration day from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 at State Route 23 and Gas Line Road, east of St. John, Wash.

Vendor-sponsors include JTI/ATI, Pape Machinery, Tee Jet, St. John Hardware, Ag Enterprise and Spray Center.

This is the first demonstration day of its sort for the district, said coordinator Dan Harwood.

“Sprayer technology has advanced tremendously,” he said. “We have a way to reduce costs for our producers, with higher probability our spray will maintain and stay on target.”

Every farmer either has his field sprayed by a custom applicator through commercial companies or his own sprayer, Harwood said.

“It’s one of the higher input costs farmers have,” he said. “If you can reduce your cost per acre by reducing overlap, decreasing overapplication, increasing effectiveness — that’s what we’re trying to do.”

Chemical fallow is becoming increasing popular, Harwood said, and precision equipment assists farmers in reducing their cost per acre.

He hopes to help farmers consider their operations and ask themselves whether they are applying herbicides and pesticides in the most efficient manner possible.

The event is free and includes a free lunch provided by sponsors.

RSVP to Harwood at 509-648-3680.

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