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First Season with the NAVIGATOR

30 September 2008

A busy growing season
Niels Kappel runs a little more than 400 hectares of land, of which 220 hectares have been rented on a five-year contract recently entered into. Some of the crops are forage crops, which are sold to his brother Anders, who has 230 dairy cows.

In this season, the field plan consists of 100 ha corn and grass for cattle fodder, 75 ha beets, 50 ha rape, 50 ha seed, 50 ha wheat, 80 ha malting barley and 5 ha fallow.

Spraying is done 4-6 times with varying dosage degrees of herbicide and fungicide, liquid fertilizer and manganese and totals more than 2,500 hectares per year.

Two sets of sprayer wheels are applied during the season. The picture shows the sprayer with the wide tyres and rims, which are used on bare ground and in the early growing season of the plants. The narrower sprayer wheels are used when the plants grow fuller and higher, in order to minimise the damage done to the plants in the tramlines. During this season, spraying is done at all times night and day in order to cover all the fields in time. Niels designs his own spray strategy.

Why the HARDI NAVIGATOR?
In February, 2008, Niels invested in a NAVIGATOR 4000 with a 28 metre DELTA boom and IntelliTrack steering.

We asked Niels what he was looking for when he went out to buy a new trailed sprayer. ”Design is important – especially the shape of the tank and the steering system were decisive for choosing the NAVIGATOR.”

And Niels continued, “With the need we now have with the rented areas it is important that the machinery is operational every day – and that spare parts are easy to get. The NAVIGATOR is a new product on the market with many of the advantages of the slightly

more expensive COMMANDER series. I see the boom as a good boom with a 28 metre width opposed to 20 metre on my former sprayer, which was a Lindus.”

”The 4000 litre tank size also provides very large capacity, so we don’t have to fill as often. I was a little anxious about the steering system, but it follows the tractor well, and when backing and manoeuvring in place, the trailer is very easy to steer by means of the HC 5500 computer. All in all, the sprayer is very easy to use.”

 

Quick decision
”It took less than a week from the time I started looking for additional spraying capacity till the day I traded – all because we were about to sow the rape and needed to decide the distance between the tramlines.

I went on the internet, got a brochure from a dealer, and the decision was made.”

The sprayer – the most often used equipment on the farm
How long will you typically keep a trailed sprayer like this one? Niels, ”I’ll probably drive it until it is worn out, unless a need for a bigger sprayer arises. The area that we are cultivating at present matches the capacity of the sprayer. This, of course, requires that I take proper care of the sprayer as regards cleaning and winter preparation.

In the daily routine it takes 15 minutes to fill the sprayer with water. I use this time to fill the pesticide into the TurboFiller. The clean water used in the TurboFiller also cleans the container.

For winter preparation everything on the sprayer is washed, repaired and oiled, and antifreeze is added. I have decided to mount a set of lights on the sprayer for the next season, so that I can spray in the night and in the early morning hours.”

Niels concludes, ”The NAVIGATOR is probably the most often used equipment on the farm today,” and he adds, ”Given the tank size and boom width I have the feeling of being able to squeeze even more spraying capacity out of the sprayer without much trouble.” 

 
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