It’s a concept that came out of a desire to shorten their own on-farm sprayer fill times, explained Phil Friesen, owner of Crystal City, Manitoba-based PhiBer Manufacturing and farmer. He described the idea behind the creation of the PhiBer Dash tank mixing system as he stood beside it during the Manitoba Ag Days show in Brandon in January.
“This is a new product,” he said. “This is the first show. We have one on our own farm we built for use four years ago. Now we’re going into production. It’s a fill system. We call it the PhiBer Dash. The whole idea is you want to reduce the time spent filling your sprayer.”
Designed to mount on the deck of a truck or trailer, the Dash also allows for convenient storage of chemical totes or smaller boxes of product. Totes can be loaded onto the elevated rack and gravity feed into one of up to four separate calibrated tanks in the Dash that are designed to measure out an exact amount of product. Once those tanks are filled to the correct volume, they can feed the chemical directly into a fill line during sprayer tank loading.
A mesh cage with the Dash system is designed to hold smaller boxes or containers. Its door is wide enough to allow a pallet of product to be loaded in with a forklift. And it provides secure and safe containment for the products during transport and in the field.
Those smaller containers can be manually poured into the Dash’s chemical tanks.
“If you’re using dry powder, one of the tanks has extra agitation,” he adds.
Once the tanks are filled with all the required chemicals, each one can be released into the fill stream in the correct order to avoid negative chemical reactions by pulling one of the color-coded control levers. This also activates an automatic rinse that leaves the chemical tank on the Dash ready for other products.
“Often farmers are putting different chemicals into the same sprayer load,” he explains. “You fill it (the Dash tanks) according to what your recipe calls for. The chemical manufacturer says you have to release them in a certain order. It also opens a ball valve to rinse the tank out. So you’re rinsing the tank when you release the chemicals.”
“It’s a modular system, so you can buy different components and add them. You have the capability of going up to four (chemical tanks).”
Depending on features, retail prices for the PhiBer Dash begin at a little over $20,000. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.phiber.ca.