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In the field: Forfar

In the field: Forfar

JM Orr sprays 10,000 hectares of peas and beans for East Coast Viners, along with cereals and grassland work in a 60-mile radius of Wardmill Farm near Forfar.

 

The company operates four Scorgie 28 and 30-metre mounted sprayers, the latest of which has 4,600 litres capacity from front and rear tanks, supported by three Vegcraft bowsers.

 

Partner in the business, Gavin Orr explains; “The 8,000ha of peas get two applications while the 2,000ha of beans get a pre-em and five applications of fungicide to tackle aphids, bruchid beetles and chocolate spot. We also apply liquid fertiliser to cereals and grassland.”

 

With this workload, it is important to have reliable sprayers with local back-up, he comments.

 

“We did consider a self-propelled sprayer when we bought the 4,600 litre model,” Mr Orr says.

 

“Instead we prefer to use our John Deere tractors for spraying which have RTK, good road speeds, good manoeuvrability and comfortable cabs. We have auto-section shut-off and have added individual nozzle shut off this time. The sprayers last 15-20 years which you cannot expect from a self-propelled, and if a tractor goes down we simply swap it.”

In the field: Turriff

In the field: Turriff

Crop protection business ACT Scotland runs its own sprayers from its base near Turriff, as well as using contractors, and its most recent Scorgie is a Fastrac demount unit.

 

Agrochemicals manager Alan Joiner explains: “We had an old MB Trac which had a lot of hours on it and needed replacing, but since we also use the tractor for seed dressing, its successor also had to be a demount.

 

“We have stuck with Scorgie as we find the single side fold very useful when spraying along fence lines, plus they are a local company that offers solid back-up.”

 

He comments that the boom is strong and well built and one sprayer normally lasts for the lifetime of two tractors, so when the tractor is updated, it is a simple matter of re-bushing the sprayer booms and joints and fitting it to the new model.

 

“The latest machine, which was built in 2017, has ARAG controls so we have full GPS for field mapping,” Mr Joiner adds.

 

The steel Watson and Brookman tank has 2,500 litres capacity, with a 1,500 litre front tank added to make the unit comparable to a self-propelled sprayer in terms of output.

 

“When we were specifying the new sprayer, we asked customers if they wanted wider booms than the previous 24 metres, but most were happy sticking with that width. We have added extensions for 28m if required, although the majority of work is still at 24m.”

 

With the Fastrac tied up on seed dressing in the early part of the year, Mr Joiner reckons to cover 3,400 hectares in the season with the Scorgie sprayer, mainly on cereals with a small amount of grassland work.

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