The Bradley's "Obvious Choice"23 May 2012
NAVIGATOR – Ranked a 10 on the Bradley farm
The Bradley family farms 1,400 acres of corn, soybeans and alfalfa near Dubuque, Iowa. The family farm is operated by brothers Brian and Jeff Bradley along with father Ron Bradley. Brian handles the majority of the spraying on the farm and uses a HARDI model NAVIGATOR 4000 (1200 Gallons) equipped with a 90 foot EAGLE boom. The HARDI’s EVC electric controls are partnered with a John Deere GreenStar rate control and 2630 display with GPS offering automatic section control on the 90’ EAGLE boom.
Brian says that the sprayer is one of the most important tools that they have on the farm. When asked to rate the importance of the sprayer on a scale of 1-10 (10 being most important) Brian gave the sprayer a 10! The importance of the sprayer on the Bradley farm already has them planning on their future sprayer investment, another HARDI. When purchasing the next sprayer they will still need key features such as GPS guidance and auto boom section control, but the added flexibility of DualFold booms will be needed. The EAGLE boom with DualFold allows the operator to spray at 90’ and conveniently fold down to 60’ for tighter maneuvering spraying in smaller fields.
On the go during spray season, The Bradley’s average 8 miles of road travel between each field and spray 400 acres per day totaling 2,200 acres per year. Precision application and high demands from their sprayer makes the HARDI NAVIGATOR – The Obvious Choice for the Bradley family farm.
Tank size: 1200 gal
Boom: EAGLE 90 foot
Transport speed: 25 mph
Working speed: 8 - 8.5 mph
Country: United States
Farm size: 1400 acres
Chemical cost pr. yr: $35,000.00
Acre per day: 400
Acres per yr: 2200
Crops: Corn, Soybeans, Alfalfa