A self-propelled sprayer is an investment that needs to perform, and farmers have found new ways to use these machines. Turns out the innovators at the companies are hard at work too. A good example is a new product from Hagie Mfg., and Fennig Equipment – the Commodity Delivery System.
The company has designed the system to complement the Cover Crop Interseeder line for the STS series sprayers. The CDS extends application capability using a pressurized dry system, stainless steel metering and application specific distribution towers. With the ability to apply denser seed mixes at higher rates, and perform fertilizer applications in up to a 90-foot swath, the CDS aims to maximize productivity.
Says Gary Fennig, Fennig Equipment: “We introduced our FE4R system to Hagie Mfg. to help streamline the highboy concept of applying cover crops and dry fertilizer on a 90’ boom. This system is well designed and expands the capabilities of the Hagie unit by allowing the farmer to utilize it not only as a multifaceted liquid product delivery system, but also a dry delivery system. It allows a variety of cover crop and dry fertilizer applications throughout the season, with a section control meter and a pressurized tank, they team up to bring the customer the best cover crop and dry fertilizer system on the market.”
Testing has shown the system offers added capacity. For example, the company has seen 100 pounds of cereal rye applied at 8 mph; 120 pounds of potash/MAP mix applied at 6 to 7 mph, along with 20 pounds of annual ryegrass applied at 14 mph. Hagie reports that farmers can see a 20 acre per hour productivity increase when using the CDS thanks to added application abilities with boom width.
The system offers 90-foot spread widths and six-second product control. The CDS is compatible with 2007 and newer model STS sprayers. Manufactured by Fennig Equipment, with distribution and installation performed by Hagie Mfg., the system includes a 140 cubic foot pressurized tank, six outlet stainless steel metering system, and is equipped with a scale that can be upgraded to an ISO interface. Equipped with air cylinders that hook in with precision rate controllers, growers are able to utilize sectional control with applications. The applicator carries a two year warranty on new Hagie sprayers and a one year warranty on pre-owned Hagie models.