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Sprayer Nozzle Selection

by Lowell Graybill, CropCare Product Specialist  When it comes to selecting the best spray nozzles to use on your sprayer, it’s likely that most would agree that it’s no simple task. To start with, the number of spray tip manufacturers is numerous, including TeeJet, Delavan, Hypro (Pentair), Green Leaf, CP, and others. Next is the […]

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Get the Most Out of Trade Shows This Year

Farm trade shows can be a fun way to network, expand your knowledge, and learn ways to improve your farm operation. CropCare offers the following tips to help you get the most out of the 2017-18 lineup of trade shows. Go prepared so you get the most out of it. Research & Mobile Apps Look […]

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How to Stay Safe During Harvest Time

National Farm Safety & Health Week: Sept. 17-23 To keep farm safety a priority, and with National Farm Safety & Health Week in mind, we offer the following harvest safety tips: Keep equipment in optimal condition, with routine inspections and maintenance. Examine equipment regularly and keep an inspection/maintenance log. Replace worn parts to avoid safety […]

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How to clean Roundup and other chemicals from your field sprayer

Proper sprayer cleaning is crucial to prevent damage to non-target crop species. Herbicide residue from chemicals such as glyphosate left in your field sprayer can contaminate it, and could affect crop growth and yield. Pesticide residue in a spray tank may corrode metal, hoses, and other essential sprayer parts. Pesticide residue left behind from one […]

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Winter Maintenance Tips

To begin winterizing your sprayer, check your owner’s manual to review any maintenance program suggested. Your warranty can be jeopardized if proper winter care is not given to your farm equipment. Winterize your sprayer with RV antifreeze. Check your owner’s manual for specific instructions. Consider changing the seals and rollers on your sprayer’s pump after […]

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10 Tips: Get the Most Out of Farm & Trade Shows

Farm and trade shows are great destinations for those in the ag industry. You can see farm equipment displays, hundreds of ag-related exhibits, and have lots of opportunities to meet and talk with other farmers – all in one place. CropCare wants to make sure you get the most out of the trade shows you […]

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Mulch lifter will help potato farmer in Iceland

Sveinn Rúnar Ragnarsson and his wife, Ragnheiður, work on Akurnes, a farm in southeast Iceland. There, with his parents, Ragnar Jónsson and Ingunn Jónsdóttir, they grow and harvest around 250 to 300 tons of potatoes annually. “My grandfather and grandmother founded the farm in 1937,” says Ragnarsson. They also raise 500 sheep on Akurnes, and […]

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17 Pro Tips for Turf Success

When the Tampa Bay Rowdies hit the field at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, they slide tackle, cross, and lob on top of the turf that Jeff Parkinson painstakingly manicured for years. But Jeff approaches the project knowing it’s going to face that type of abuse. As Director of Grounds, Jeff takes […]

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Need to lift plastic mulch? No problem

With fall just around the corner, there’s likely farmers out there dreading the task of picking up the plastic mulch that helped their produce crops flourish this spring and summer. Picking up plastic mulch by hand is dirty, strenuous and time-consuming. At Pine Valley Farms in Rochester Mills, Pa., Jeff and Kegan Wright plan to […]

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Spray forage crops carefully

A sprayer helps forage growers reap a successful harvest through weed control, preservative/fungicide application, and pest control. Before spraying, farmers should consider the economic threshold and impact on ecosystems. “I do not recommend that farmers just spray without knowing that the economic benefit of spraying will be equal to or greater than the cost of […]

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