September 22, 2015
Among the tractors, trailers, seeders and bailers at Henty Machinery Field Days today will be cutting edge spray technology.
With more than 3500 companies represented at this year’s field days, McIntosh Distribution were among the machinery exhibitors putting the final touches to their sites, ready for today’s opening day.
Miller Sales NSW and Queensland manager Scott Jameson, of Tamworth, and his team will stage the eastern seaboard debut of half a million dollars worth of technology in the Miller Spray-Air self-propelled sprayer.
Mr Jameson said the company had come to Henty off the back of a successful AgQuip field days in northern NSW in August, with the self-propelled sprayers a strong drawcard.
“The crops look fantastic in this area – we are expecting a pretty good Henty,’’ he said.
“We had a lot of good positive leads at AgQuip and, if the weather holds, we will start to see those come through.
“We have a full 36m Spray-Air on site at Henty after debuting the machine in Western Australia earlier this month.
“The Spray-Air Technology uses hydraulic driven fans on the boom, giving air assist to blow the spray into the crops.
“The air is also used to create the droplet size through a patented nozzle – no matter what speed or liquid through the boom, the droplet size remains the same right across the paddock.
“The drift and droplet size is controlled from a dial in the cab.’’
Mr Jameson said demonstrations in Western Australia earlier this month at Dowerin field days received positive feedback from growers.
“This is the first time we have had the machine on the east coast so I’m hoping it will show up here at Henty,’’ he said.
The Spray-Air is fitted with a 36m boom, a 6000 litre tank, hydraulically adjustable 3-4m wheel axle and 330hp Cummins engine.
Mr Jameson said new technology enabled growers to keep their water rates down.
“Controlling the droplets with air means they hit the target and are not drifting off,’’ he said.
“This gives the possibility of reducing droplet size and water rates. If we can bring the water rates down, growers will get more hectares per tank load which increases the capacity of the machine.’’