The northward movement of soybean rust over the last five years has created a revolution in agricultural crop protection product application.
Where once it was common for producers to schedule the services of commercial applicators, the outbreak of this disease and the need to treat crops quickly created an accelerated demand for application product. In turn, sprayer manufacturers have increased assembly capacity and are adding marketing programs tailored to the individual producer.
There are more reasons for producers to add application equipment to their implement inventory, according to Bob Wolf, Ph.D., Extension application technology specialist at Kansas State University.
"How pesticides have changed has influenced the equipment as much as any thing." Wolf said. "We're now very much focused on post-emergence products and of course the 'Roundup and Roundup Ready' revolution.