Verified FBN Member (OK)

Business

Cost effectiveness of spraying your own fields?

At what point as a farmer does it become more cost effective to spray/ fertilize your own field as apposed to having a local Co-op do it for you? And this would include buying a used sprayer, and chemicals.

34


Verified FBN Member (KY)

Timing is everything. If the coop can’t get to you in a reasonable time frame, then you are better off with your own sprayer. I had this exa...

More

Verified FBN Member (IN)

I have enjoyed reading all the responses, I too agree that water can be the bottle neck, garden hose doesn’t do it, I bought 3 blemished sto...

More

1


Verified FBN Member (IL)

Was close to the same position. We found a TOP AIR 550 gallon pull behind with 60 foot booms, first year pulled it with a 4020, had to hook ...

More

1

Verified FBN Member (IA)

My pump only requires 7 gpm. I spray Liberty at 20 gpm at 7-8 mph w 60' booms.. A 4020 should do that. Water tanks at auction can't hardly ...

More

Verified FBN Member (OK)

I really appreciate everyone’s responses here!!! It’s making me look at options for us that I thought were just simply out of my reach. I wi...

More

Verified FBN Member (NE)

Purchasing a sprayer was an easy decision for us. Timeliness is critical for spraying, and custom operators are rarely here when you need t...

More

Verified FBN Member

Not sure what you looking to spend but there are several self propelled units on big iron under 10k that close tomorrow, there is a nice loo...

More

Verified FBN Member (OK)

Thank you for the information on the monitor and precision setup up too. We have a 4020( not good for spraying) and a 4860 that have no form...

More

2

Verified FBN Member (IA)

I wouldn't exactly call a Raven 440 "precision", but it gets you speed compensated flow, 3 manual section shut offs and will let you know wh...

More
Verified FBN Member (MN)

We don't use precision or anything for spraying... one monitor gives an AB line and kinda helps show where we've been but we still have to s...

More

Verified FBN Member (IA)

Very similar to *****'s comment. I run a 1000 gallon 60ft pull type sprayer on 250 acres averaging 2 trips per year. Typically spraying 15...

More

3


Verified FBN Member (MN)

Each chemical you want to apply will have a recommended gallons per acre somewhere on the label maybe its back a few pages... We do alot of ...

More

3


Verified FBN Member (SK, CAN)

(edited)

I cannot imagine hiring someone to spray. The only custom sprayer I know of is 90 km away. My sprayer is wide, 40.5 metres ( 133.3 ft) cove...

More

1

Verified FBN Member (OK)

Thank you so very very much with the hard facts and numbers that you’ve provided. I greatly appreciate that!! My biggest issue in this area ...

More

Verified FBN Member (MN)

You or at least I can not afford to not have my own sprayer.


Verified FBN Member (OR)

165 acres irrigated. Anything on 30 inch row spacing I am spraying with a side by side mounted sprayer. 22 inches - hire out. Fence lines...

More

Verified FBN Member (MB, CAN)

Anyone here considered the cost benefits of spraying with a drone? Would love to get some feeback. *****************


Verified FBN Member (CO)

Also are you farming only 200 acres or is 200 acres the farm land but you also have pasture?


Just wondering because if you have cattle and...

More

3

Verified FBN Member (CO)

Not knowing for sure what you’re going to be spraying, your rate per acre will likely be 8gal/ac or higher. That’ll help you figure out how ...

More
Verified FBN Member (OK)

(edited)

We farm 200 acres or so but we also have about 80 acres of pasture. We do haul water but we simply fill up with a water hose because we’re o...

More

Verified FBN Member (CO)

How many times are they spraying for you in a year? Take that number times the rate they charge you and see if you can afford buying a spray...

More

1


Verified FBN Member (NJ)

We’ve found that owning a sprayer and doing the job when you want it done has been the most profitable piece of equipment on the farm. With ...

More

5

Verified FBN Member (OK)

For our area it’s $4.50 an acre to fertilize, but again we would be starting from scratch with no equipment. Just trying to wrap my head aro...

More
Verified FBN Member (WI)

Agreed. Quick and simple way to compute how much you want to put into the unit.


Verified FBN Member (WI)

Corn and soybeans mainly. I also burn down hayfields prior to planting.

1


Verified FBN Member (WI)

With the amount of small pull type sprayers available for less than $2000, you could probably almost double your money in one year from savi...

More

4

Verified FBN Member (OK)

What kind of crops do you spray? I’m looking at spraying wheat in the spring with my nitrogen and if I plant Doublestop applying Beyond or o...

More

Verified FBN Member (OH)

I don’t think there a number that justifies owning a sprayer but it determines the kind you buy. I have that farms 120 acres owns a pull ty...

More

3

Verified FBN Member (OK)

Thank you that’s kinda along the same lines as my thoughts, just finding the opportunity to get a sprayer at the right price.


Verified FBN Member (AL)

I use our local co-op for dry myself, the equipment is out of reach for me too. on 200 acres you may could get by with a good 3point type s...

More

2

Verified FBN Member (OK)

I appreciate your thoughts as well. I just don’t like seeing the bill and knowing that some of that money is going into their pocket and not...

More

Verified FBN Member (AL)

spraying hands down is more cost effective if you have to do several trips in a season. you'll be able to do it on your time instead when th...

More

3

Verified FBN Member (IA)

I only farm 45 acres tillage and hands down its more cost effective for me to do my own spraying. Being the small guy the coop usually puts...

More
Verified FBN Member (OK)

I appreciate the insight I’m just curious because the farm my dad and I run is only about 200 acres. We put down dry fertilizer in the fall ...

More

Join the Community Forum. It’s Free.

Our FBN ® Community Forum is exclusive to . To become a Verified Farmer, sign up for your free account and gain access to our secure online farming community.