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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
You or at least I can not afford to not have my own sprayer.
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
Anyone here considered the cost benefits of spraying with a drone? Would love to get some feeback. *****************
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
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
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
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
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
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
Agreed. Quick and simple way to compute how much you want to put into the unit.
Corn and soybeans mainly. I also burn down hayfields prior to planting.
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
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
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
Thank you that’s kinda along the same lines as my thoughts, just finding the opportunity to get a sprayer at the right price.
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
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
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
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
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