Field conditions, such as muddy ground during dormant applications, sometimes hinder operations, Niederholzer says.
"You're using high tech in a low-tech situation, but it's not the fault of the technology," he says.
Wittenbach agrees: "Any time you put a computer in a farm environment, stuff happens.”
If sensors or controllers malfunction, the machine reverts to manual broadcast spraying.
Growers should have someone within their operation who's comfortable with technologyand work with a dealer who provides speedy service when needed, Wittenbach and Mendonca say.
"Don't be afraid to work with it," Cordero says. "It's a tool and can be refined or adjusted to local conditions."