I spent the last couple of weeks in the field spraying herbicides and fungicides on the crops. I sprayed a few times for the Old Man when I was a kid, but this was my first time building a chemical plan, obtaining all the supplies, making decisions whether it was too wet or too windy to spray, and going out and doing it myself.
|Rinsing out the Horvick sprayer after finishing CRP|
|Spraying grass with the ATV sprayer|
standing water, I couldn't use the tractor or pickup sprayers...so that left the little ATV sprayer. It took a long time with that little sprayer. And because there's so much moisture on the ground, it will be very difficult to kill that area.
The wheat and lentils were much easier to spray with the 90' Bourgault sprayer. With the tractor, I had GPS auto-steering to reduce overlaps and skips. And the Bourgault has an automatic rate controller that adjusts the pump pressure based upon the tractor's ground speed so that every acre gets the same amount of product and water applied.
|Bourgault sprayer for herbicide/fungicide on wheat|
I also had the 150ish acres that weren't pre-sprayed prior to seeding. That was definitely a poor decision. It's not overtaken with weeds, but the weeds that are there have a pretty good head start on the wheat. I know for sure that I will pre-spray every acre next year.
The last spraying wasn't done by me, it was done by all the skunks around here. There are a lot of them this year. So far I've taken care of 7 of them...and by "taken care", I mean that I afforded them the opportunity to go meet their Maker.
So that's it, the spraying is done for now. Time to get equipment cleaned up, buildings squared away, and start building a plan for harvest and grain storage.