MONSTER MpiNURE TRUCK does i
The 200 hp converted The extendedwheelbaseof the droplets are larger - like
army truck will haul and trailer allows for four axles, fit- raindrops-so there's less
spread manure and travel ted with high speedflotationtires, atomization and less
so Szabo can "float along at 35 odour. Szabo can apply
along the road at 35 mph
miles an hour." as little liquid as 1,500
BY FRANCES AND ER SON Nuhn added that the tiresleave gallonsper acreon alfal-
Ontario Farmer stall big footprintsand provide excel- fa, or as much as 5,000
lentflotationfor the size.Thetrail- gallons.
Z urich - Nick Szabo is like a
kid with a new toy. ''This is
er's gooseneckisa foothigherthan After watching injec-
standardso itcandrivethroughany tion equipment being
my Tonkatruck," he tellsa hand- ditchthat a tractorcan navigate. demonstrated,Szabo is quick
fulofporkproducers,grinningand The manuretankis small- 6,750 to add, "If there's enough interest
gesturing toward the red beast. gallons, "but it could take a lot e
01 injection, i wouldgladlyputm~·--·Keep xpenses down." Szabo's younger brother, Matt.
Szabo's truck and trailer have more." The only thing that stops jectionon it,butto do thatI would Szaboestimatesthetankandcon- The boys, it seems, are having a
playeda major role in getting the thisrig is a steephill."If you want- have to chargemore thandouble." trols cost about $125,000 and the contest: how much manure they
manure in the light place for the ed to pull a tank like this with a ''This is beautifulland," he said, truckisworthanother$75,000. It'll can move- andthey'rehavingfun
demonstrationhere.First he used John Deere, it's twice the price," referringto thedry sandyloam on takea lotofcustomworktopay its doing it.
the pump and robotic arm to agi- saidSzabo. the demonstrationfield wherethe way.Szabo, who has had the unit Meanwhile Nuhn is buildinga
tate tilelagoonat the host farm of The tank has a six metre spray liquidhasnearlydisappeared with- working for a month now, can second unit for Szabo and field-
Jody Durand.Then he hauled the width. "We try to keep it low to in 10 minutesof application."But spreadabout40,000 gallons anhour ing inquiries about more. "Our
liquidmanure down the road to a minimizeammonialoss,"said Sz- what happenson clay knolls?"he andexpectsto hit 50,000 gallons. policyis to walk,ratherthanjump
bean field and filled two other abo. Nuhn adds that his shop has asks "It's still cheaper to spread They would have reached that in," he said. Nevertheless, he ad-
tanksbeforegetting the chance to worked to achieve low pressure and say somebody else cultivate goal on one farm, "but we had to mits thatmakingthe firstunitwas
show what his rig can do. spreading so the liquid manure it. That would save nitrogen and go around the barn," volunteers "fun to do."
of a to-tonne "Mac" truck and a
trailer-mounted tankbuiltby Den-
nisNuhnof NuhnIndustriesin Se- ADVERTISEMENT
bringville.The trailerhas an extra
long wheel base to distribute the
weight, a vacuum pump and a
The truck, which is actuallyan
Weed Management Series: Take a bird's-eye view
It generates200 horsepower,and
will run two days on 200 gallons
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eye view of the sue- with the frequency we'd all like ucts worked 99 per cent of the
"There's something to be said
for hassle-free applications.".
During scouting, pay partic-
of fuel. cess of your weed management to see. time." ular attention ·if you discover
It's a six-wheeldrive with front strategy. It's not through fancy Weeds can rob yield. Uni- In a dry spring or when reli- non-weather related weed es-
wheelassistandisdesignedto car_aerial photography, or high-tech versity of Guelph plant scientist ability is key, many producers capes. They can be harbingers
ry 60 tons up a 60 per cent grade, global positioning system read- FrancoisTardif says research respond with effective post- of bigger problems. Don't rule
or drivethrough six feet of water, outs ... it's from the seat of your has shown thatdepending on the emergent products, such as out resistance if you see a
according to the army specifica- combine. infestation levels and weather DuPont Canada Inc. 's line of strange stand- alone monocul-
tions. At harvest time, your com- conditions, d common weed like sulfonylurea products. These lure. If only one type of weed is
Most trucks are rated 40,000 bine gives you the kind of perch quackgrasscan cut yields dra- include Classic, Elim, Ultimax, escaping, resistance could be
poundsof carryingcapacityon the you need to complete your weed matically...t!p to a whopping 80 Accent and Pinnacle. Besides the problem.
rear axles.This truck's rear axles scouting cycle. It's a process that per cent if infestation is heavy being environmentally compat- But it might also be that you
will carry 65,000 pounds and the started maI1Y months earlier - in and not controlled. ible, sulfonyureas are extreme- simply made a management de-
fifthwheel is rated for lOOtons. the winter, in fact - when you Sometimes, matters you have Iy selective, so they can be used cision that didn't work. You
Ithasopenandclosedhydraulic checked your notes from the no controiover - such as in minute concentrations. Mea- chose a herbicide not specifi-
systems,so Szabocan run thevac- previous growing season, iden- weather - cause problems or surements of grams per hectare cally targeted for a weed that
uum pump and roboticarm at the tified problem areas and escapes result in at least a few escapes. are not uncommon, compared turned out to be a problem in
same time. and designed a management For example, if you seeded ear- to older chemistries which used your field ...one that maybe
''The beautifulthing about this strategy to meet your farm's ly this year like many produc- kilograms of product per hectare wasn't much of a problem last
cab isthatyou don't have to get in needs. ers, your seed was subject to to achieve control. year,but somehow gained a toe-
andoutallthetime,"Szaboglows. In the spring you scouted for stress frOnlcool soil tempera- Those low volumes and small hold this year and hung on.
Re can agitatea pit,fill the tanker, early emerging weeds, re- lures. Chilly rtights (and days) amounts of active ingredient You'll make other observa-
~OiiVeOownmetoad;then·ojf=load"·'-clre"clred"yourtields-a:fter-initial-premotes/4;>w.g<=lmation~<IDd_b"_Y5L1L.y'~I)'._J?rac::ticpl side, tions scouting from your com-
toanothertanker,orspreadthe ma- applications, then scouted again the longer the seed is in the too ...they can be packaged in bine seat. For example, you
nure directly,without leaving his during the dog days of summer. ground, the more stress it en- bags the size of the palm of your might see wet spots in your
seat. Now fall's here, and scouting is dures. The presence of a pre- hand. They're easily carried, field, and know next" year
Likea tractor,thetruckwillpull still part of the job. Except at emergent weed treatment adds handled and stored (but you you've got some tiling to do.
all his implements. Due to its ten harvest time, you get a urtique to seed stress. should still practice proper han- You might notice corn borer
footwidth,it:sclassi~edas.an agri- perspective. Some weed problems CaI1 be dling procedures, like wearing damage and consider trying one
culturalvehiclefor licensmg.. ''When you walk your fields traced to the dry spring experi- protective clothing). And not of the new Bt lines of corn.
The vacuum pu:up and robotic in the snmmer and the corn is enced in many parts of the only are the bags small...they're Insects, weather, topography
ann enable the urnt to work WIth high you might not see all the province this year, mimicking a also water soluble. All you have and management decisions can
dil·jfer~nEt OfallPithts, !t's weeds there," says Dave Klop- similar situation that occurred to do is Toss 'N' Go: drop one
dePthafts "and all cut into yield. That's what
c ean. ven er e nmmna . .
around the onl visiblemanure is penburg ofDuPont Canada Inc. m 1997.Dry weather plays hav- m your tank and go to work. you want to avoid. Take stock
dribbk th ~ d . dh I Research and Development. oc WIth-pre-emergent weed "When you're SCOUtu1g your from your combine seat; the
a limi e
eon threnberan ep ans "But at harvest time w h en th e treatments, thev reouire oreci
ti . ey require precip- fields and assessing th e errec-
lessons you learn will make you
to e rrunate at y moun mg a I h dried d .. b ffi . Ifth ,. f . a better manager.
bucketto the fender. eaves ave. own, you get rtation to e e ectrve. ere s nveness 0 your crop protection
If access to a pit is difficult, a great view m the row, from no rain, they fizzle.. products, remember too. how
there's a funnel tip to attach to the your c~mbine.:' . "Last year in Ontario and conv~rtient - o~inconven!:nt -
eizht-inchvacuumhose so thelia You re looking for evidence Quebec, pre-emergents worked certam operations were, ad-
can load manure from 100 fe:r that your weed management about 85 per cent of time," says vises DuPont Canada Inc.'s
away. strategy worked - or didn't. Larry Dumaine, corn and soy- Corn and Soybean Product
Maybe it was an ideal year for bean sales and marketing man- Manager Kerry Teskey.
32. ONTAR.I.Q FARMER· Tuesday, September 29, 1998