Liquid Application Tips for Success
These days growers are faced with a host of application challenges. Ensuring your sprayer is properly calibrated for spray drift, Roundup® resistance and chemical efficacy are just a few challenges to overcome. Fortunately, there are five Ag Leader DirectCommand ISOBUS liquid control tools from that can help remedy many of these pressing topics.
Droplet Size Monitoring with Pressure Fallback
With emerging weed resistance, it is more crucial than ever to apply product correctly to maximize chemical efficacy. Monitoring the droplet size helps ensure proper plant coverage. When using a contact herbicide, a smaller droplet size and high volume of carrier per acre is necessary to ensure the product application is effective. Failure to do so can result in inefficient application, additional costs, and even substantial fines. The pressure fallback feature of DirectCommand helps ensure proper coverage in low flow scenarios. When the operator slows down at the edge of a field with the majority of sections shut off, effective weed control may not occur because the flow meter is recognizing an incorrect rate.
With pressure fallback, the system automatically uses a sensor to accurately calculate the desired rate and ensure proper coverage.
The user interface of DirectCommand features easy-to-use, wizard-based methods to calibrate the flow, pressure and ground speed sensors that are critical to accurate system performance. Plus, the load-and-go configuration feature takes the
guesswork and stress out of setting up the sprayer prior to operation.
Sprayer controllers must become more precise and offer improved product control and documentation as regulation on applications becomes more stringent. DirectCommand paperless documentation programs provide a hassle-free way to manage your controls.
Simplify application reporting with the ability to generate detailed reports for government record keeping. Then export SmartReports using AgFiniti, Ag Leader’s cloud-based platform, for quick reporting and distribution through the email options within AgFiniti.
Paired with AgFiniti mobile, applicators can take their maps with them at the end of the day, allowing for quick and convenient decision-making and application documentation on-the-go. For example, product application data logged to the display can easily be synced to an iPad to take to the field for scouting, reporting, application product purchasing and spot checks.
Complex Tank Mix Management
Application products have become increasingly complicated. The DirectCommand tank mix menu was designed to be user-friendly to help you meet today’s tough regulations. You can also decide how you want to define tank mixes — by either product total amounts or by a mix defined by the amounts applied per acre.
Diligent growers know the value of being good stewards of the land and abiding by the four “rights” of responsible stewardship: right source, right rate, right time and right place. DirectCommand makes it easier with real-time droplet size monitoring based on current system pressure with an easy-to-use interface and dynamic color-coded pressure gauge. Operators can follow the simple wizard-based tip management menu for accurate droplet monitoring:
- Enter the characteristics of your tips in the wizard or choose yours from one of the several commonly found ISO tips already entered in the system.
- Look for the indicator on the left side of the run screen and use vehicle speed to control droplet size.
But wait, there’s more!
With InCommand you can edit/scale a prescription right from the display, control up to 8 individual products, steer your vehicle, load background maps of previous operations and view satellite imagery of your field. InCommand also integrates with NORAC boom height controllers and other ISOBUS boom height solutions for increased productivity and equipment protection.
Learn more about DirectCommand here.