Night spraying can offer advantages, such as reduced wind speeds to minimize drift and slower rates of evaporation. But defective nozzle spray patterns can be much more difficult to see in the dark, even with boom lighting.
The Belgian company Comatra Safety Systems is offering Canadian farmers what it thinks is an ideal solution to that problem. The firm’s CMTXV10 blue LED light kits offer improved visual contrast over white light, allowing an operator to more easily see the spray patterns along the boom.
The LED lights draw 16.2 amps at 12 volts, have die-cast aluminium bodies along with stainless steel mounting brackets to resist corrosion and a vibration resistance rating of 8.6 Gs.
Although Comatra doesn’t yet have a Canadian distributor (they are apparently looking for one), it will ship lighting kits directly to producers from Europe via FedEx, and the cost of shipping is included in the U.S.$344.00 purchase price. The kit, which includes two LED lights and wiring leads, will illuminate a 36-metre (118 foot) boom.