Equipped for dry season

THE TEAM: Joel Rands, mechanic, Mark Lavery, Sally Lavery and Ken Lacey, of Mark's Spray Barn in Lavington.
THE TEAM: Joel Rands, mechanic, Mark Lavery, Sally Lavery and Ken Lacey, of Mark's Spray Barn in Lavington.

The extremely dry beginning to the season has made for testing times, Mark Lavery, of Mark’s Spray Barn in Lavington, says.

Mr Lavery has several tips for handling the dry conditions.

He said in dry years such as this weed control “has never been more important”.

This was because moisture conservation for the crop was so critical.

Also, correct nozzle selection for effective coverage of herbicide on extremely small or just germinating weeds was vital.

“These cold foggy mornings are slowing any spray program down, be careful not to spray when inversion conditions are present,” Mr Lavery said.

“With the frosty mornings, be vigilant on crop inspections for insects. 

“They are rampant in some areas this year putting extra stress on already struggling crops and pastures.”

Mr Lavery said in dry years it was critical to do everything right to maximise yield and minimise costs.

“Make sure your spraying and guidance equipment is both well-maintained and accurate plays a pivotal role in achieving this and we are here to help,” he said.

Mark’s Spray Barn stocks equipment including hoses and nozzles, to pumps, self-retracting spray reels and broadacre self-propelled sprayers.

At present Mark’s Spray Barn has the following machines in stock ready for immediate delivery:

- The HARDI, 5000-litre 30-metre with hopper auto rate control and mudguards; and

- The HARDI, 2500-litre with 18-metre boom hopper and mudguards.

Mr Lavery said both were brand new and are available for immediate delivery.

“We always carry a large range of linkage sprayers and spot spray equipment in stock.

“This is along with pumps and spares for all makes of sprayer, be they small or large we carry a full range of Trimble GPS equipment and are fully set up to fit and maintain such equipment.

“We stock a full range of TEEJET and HARDI nozzles to help the farmer make the most of his sprayer for every application.”

Visit marksspraybarn.com.au for more information or phone the store on (02) 6025 8862.