Machinery... Spraying solutions
Published 01/07/2015 | 02:30
The key question on every farmer's mind visiting the machinery stands at last week's Teagasc Crops and Spraying Open Day in Oak Park was quite simple. How much is it going to cost me to get my sprayer over the line?
John Lynch from Suir Sprayers, based in Waterford, confirmed his company offer mobile testing units that will call out to your farm and do the test on site.
All of the main components are tested such as the control system, the pump, nozzles, filters and pressure gauges.
Mr Lynch said the cost of testing the average sprayer is about €250.
Where a sprayer fails and, after repairs have been carried out, his company will offer a free re-test within 28 days.
"If a machine does fail it will probably be over-worn nozzles or a leak in the tank," he said. "A new set of nozzles on the average trailed sprayer shouldn't come to more than €160.
"So even if a sprayer falls short, the money involved to repair the problem won't be massive."
Meanwhile, the farm safety station was a reminder about the dangers on farms as we work our way through the statistically most lethal months of June and July.
After a horrendous 2014 in which 30 people lost their lives on farms - including 16 machinery-related, seven farm fatalities have been recorded this year.
It really doesn't feel right to call that an improvement because even one death on the farm is a travesty that is always avoidable, but it does show that progress is being made by farm safety awareness campaigns.
Teagasc farm safety specialist John McNamara said research has shown that specialist tillage farms have approximately half the accident rate of tillage farms.
He attributed this to the use of modern equipment.
However, he added that tillage farmers still need to be extra vigilant because many carry out their own maintenance and repairs on complex machinery.