VIDEO: Farmscan Ag unveils spray controller at Dowerin field days

By: Carene Chong, Video by: Guy Allen

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Precision ag specialist Farmscan Ag has introduced its new 7000 series touch screen spray controller system at the 2014 Dowerin field days.

The system allows farmers to control spray rates on the go at the touch of a button. It cosnsit of a series of software and hardware that gives farmers better control over their spraying operation.

According to the company, the 74VI spray controller can simultaneously manage multiple tasks with individual rates and by adding a GPS, the Auto Boom Switching (ABS) function is activated to reduce waste and overlap on individual sections.

Farmscan Ag Marketing Manager Jason Allan says the product is an all-in-one system that aims to make farmers lives easier.

"We’ve got a touch screen advancement in spray control; variable rate control all on one screen with multiple tile and tab systems and you can choose what you want to see on the screen at all times," he says.

"If you have some old equipment that just needs a refresh, the 7000 series is a great place to start. We’ll be able to update the equipment without you having to spend an awful lot of money."

Some of its functions and features include:

  • Clever status indicators that tell the operator at a glance when the sprayer is operating 100 per cent on target. In the event of any change, a red visual audible alarm is activated.
  • The onscreen prompts assist the operator with simple instructions when calibrating, displays warning messages and provides advice on corrective action.

The standard spray controller 74V1 kit can be supplied with a 3 or 5 section control bank including pressure relief valve (PRV), proportional flow control valve, precision flow sensor and motorised section control valves to suit boom sprayers and low volume horticultural sprayers.

Despite its seemingly complicated web of software and hardware, Allan says the usability of the system is anything but.

"If you can use a mobile phone, you can use our new technology," he says.

Farmscan Ag has been in operation since 1976 and according to Allan, is one of the few remaining precision agriculture businesses in Australia who makes their own systems and devices.

"We are completely local and any problems that arise are solved pretty much straightaway," he says.

"But certainly customising systems to your needs and your customers’ needs is what we like to focus on. "

Other products Farmscan Ag offers include grain moisture meters, farm navigators, surveillance cameras, spray parts and sensors. 

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