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Sprayer maintenance starts with nozzle upkeep
Your sprayer is the first line of defense against any number of weed, fungus and insect pests that can reduce crop yields. A lot of money flows through your sprayer every year in the form of crop protection chemicals. Yet just one small component – the sprayer nozzle – has everything to do with how much return you get from your investment in time, fuel and product.
As spray applications play an increasingly critical role in crop production, it’s important to get the best spray performance possible. Maintaining the sprayer’s nozzle is imperative, and the cost to do so is nominal compared to the cost of chemical use for effective weed, pest and disease control.
Spray nozzle tips can wear over time, with dry chemicals in suspension causing higher rates of wear than liquid chemicals. That’s why it’s important to check the nozzle flow rates, look for potential problems and confirm the accuracy of the spray. After you have rinsed and cleaned your sprayer, look for mismatched and worn nozzles and damaged nozzle screens.
Make sure to replace any nozzles if needed. If you are storing your sprayer for the winter, remove nozzle tips and nozzle bodies from the nozzle body assemblies.
Keeping your sprayer nozzles maintained properly will save in unwanted downtime for next season, since the window or spraying season can be small.
As always, see your local Case IH dealer for replacement parts and other sprayer service needs.