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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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Farmer’s sore back leads to new farm equipment

Here’s a fun look at the timeline of the PA1600: Originally developed in 2008 by Keith Zimmerman to help alleviate a local farmer’s sore back. The machine allows farmers to pick produce while lying down. The Picking Assistant was added to the CropCare product line when there proved to be a potential market. It’s manufactured […]

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Is Your Sprayer Nozzle the Right Material?

Sprayer tips can be made from various materials, mainly soft metal (aluminum or brass), polypropylene, stainless steel, hardened stainless steel, or ceramic. When choosing the nozzle for your sprayer application, think about the nozzle’s cost, its longevity/durability, and its performance/accuracy. (See Tips For Choosing The Right Sprayer Nozzle.) The material it’s made of will play […]

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Tips For Choosing the Right Sprayer Nozzle

Your sprayer nozzles should provide safe, adequate coverage while avoiding product waste. It’d be great if one nozzle type covered all applications sufficiently, but that’s just not the case. “That is why we offer so many different spray angles, droplet sizes, and flow rates,” said Bryan Fowler, regional sales manager at TeeJet Technologies. “Spraying is […]

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Check Your Sprayer Before Spring Use

Proper care of your ag sprayer can add years to its life, and could eliminate downtime in the field. Here’s a quick checklist to make sure your sprayer is ready to go this spring: Flush the sprayer to cleanse it of antifreeze or buildup, and to ensure its plumbing system, seals and gaskets have not […]

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How Pesticide Application Changes May Affect Farmers

Proposed revisions to pesticide application procedures will affect public, private and commercial applicators nationwide. In August 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed changes to the processes of getting those licenses. In many states, any farmer or landowner who plans to purchase and apply restricted use pesticides for agricultural success (on land they own or land […]

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7 Tips To Keep Critters Away From Farm Equipment

Farmers in regions where winters get harsh know that rodent control is part of their equipment maintenance plan. Small critters, such as mice, can cause big destruction when it comes to ag equipment. By nature, those pests will be looking for any warm place to call home. Don’t let your sprayer be prime real estate! […]

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Aging Farmer Extends Career with Picking Assistant

(Machine enables farmer to lie down while picking/planting)   The decades Joe Faust spent operating a dairy farm and multi-crop business caught up to him at age 75. But Joe’s mind was telling him, “No way!” With CropCare’s Picking Assistant, he doesn’t have to. Joe, with his wife Rosi, own The Berry Dairy in Malone, […]

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