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John Deere’s upgraded model year 2022 400 and 600 series sprayers offer a new lineup of features and options.

New sprayer lineup from John Deere

The 400 and 600 series models offer new features

In March, John Deere announced its medium- and large-chassis sprayer lines would see a host of changes for the 2022 model year, along with a new model numbering system that makes them now the 400R and 600R series. Like all of Deere’s newest powered machines, the sprayers will get significant upgrades in their digital capabilities, […] Read more

John Deere’s See and Spray Select option activates an individual spray nozzle only when boom cameras detect a green, growing weed below it.

Deere launches new See and Spray Select technology

Automated spot-spray option can reduce herbicide use

It’s no surprise to farmers that herbicide use in agriculture has come under increased scrutiny by the general public in recent years. In some countries, glyphosate may soon be banned entirely, which will cause significant adjustments to cropping practices. And even in those regions where there isn’t yet a risk of losing glyphosate, weed resistance […] Read more


Improperly cleaned spray booms create a V-shaped pattern of crop damage when starting a new field requiring a different herbicide.

How recirculating booms can help slow herbicide resistance

AGCO demonstrates value of new sprayer tech with crop tour

Just a few years ago, herbicide resistance in weeds was something that seemed like a distant concern, something occurring elsewhere; however, it should be no surprise to anyone that today the International Survey of Herbicide-Resistant Weeds, which is a collaborative effort between weed scientists in more than 80 countries, says that is no longer true. […] Read more



At the 2016 edition of Canada’s Farm Progress Show in Regina, Sask., Salford first showed its concept air boom applicator.

New air boom applicator from Case IH

Case IH and Salford team up to offer another option for Titan floaters

In August, Case IH, in partnership with Salford Group, introduced the FA 1030 air boom applicator, which is now available directly through Case IH on the Titan 4540 floater. The company says this applicator is built to carry more product, improve productivity and deal with uneven field surfaces. By July 2021, Case IH expects to […] Read more

Buhler Industries’ plant at Willmar, Minn., which today makes Versatile high-clearance sprayers, will take up more product lines as the company shuts its Fargo, N.D. facility. (Versatile-ag.com)

Buhler to halt Farm King manufacturing at Fargo

Work to move to company's Minnesota plant

Farm equipment maker Buhler Industries plans to gather its U.S. manufacturing work into one plant in Minnesota this summer and halt operations at nearby Fargo, N.D. The Winnipeg company, whose product lines include Versatile tractors and sprayers and Farm King application, tillage and hay equipment, said Monday it’s “optimizing” its U.S. production to boost efficiency […] Read more


The Nozzle Guy’s three tips for optimal sprayer tank cleanout

The Nozzle Guy’s three tips for optimal sprayer tank cleanout

Take these simple measures to protect your crop’s health

Cleaning the sprayer tank might not be your favourite farm chore but it is essential for the health of your crops and the longevity of your equipment. “[Sprayer tank cleanout] is a challenge because residues can create harm in subsequent crops,” explains Tom Wolf (also known as The Nozzle Guy), a sprayer expert with Saskatoon-based […] Read more

The Nozzle Guy’s top five spray nozzle picks

Tom Wolf’s go-to nozzles are low pressure and low drift

Tom Wolf knows a lot about nozzles. Wolf, also known as The Nozzle Guy, is a sprayer expert and scientist at Saskatoon-based Agrimetrix Research and Training. His go-to nozzles are low pressure and low drift. “In the last 25 years since these kinds of nozzles appeared on the market, researchers have taken it upon themselves […] Read more



Developed in cooperation with Bosch, Xarvio uses this display with potted weed plants to demonstrate 
how the system recognizes a weed then activates a boom nozzle to 
spot spray.

New apps and Smart Sprayer could reduce input costs

Plant identification key to scouting and sprayer boom control

At the 2019 Ag in Motion farm show near Langham, Saskatchewan, Xarvio, a start-up division of chemical giant BASF, had some digital technology to show producers. “We’re showing several things here at the show,” said Warren Bills, Xarvio’s commercialization and partnerships lead. “One is an app called Xarvio Scouting, and it uses image recognition to […] Read more