A smarter way to spray

09/01/2006 02:00:00 AM

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 technology—and 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."

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