Croplands WEED-IT helps dryland farmer target weeds on fallow land

Croplands WEED-IT 7000 spot sprayer
Sheldon Dalton and his sons Bellamy and Kaleb take delivery of their new Croplands WEED-IT 7000 from Croplands Territory Manager David Hamilton.

Controlling problem summer weeds is essential to Sheldon and Rebecca Dalton’s cropping business, so to help combat them they have added a Croplands WEED-IT 7000 spot sprayer to their fleet.

The WEED-IT 7000 compliments the Daltons’ two RoGator RG1300 sprayers, which are used to blanket spray paddocks left to fallow, while the WEED-IT is used to mop up any remaining weeds.

“It’s already showing us it will be a great addition to get those hard-to-kill weeds, without having to spray the whole paddock,” Sheldon said.

“We farm in a lower rainfall area, and we leave a certain percentage of paddocks each year that we don’t crop so we can build up our moisture as a risk management tool. It’s important that we don’t let weeds take over and the WEED-IT has a fairly well-proven record.”

WEED-IT Optical Spot Spray Technology operates using near infrared sensors to detect chlorophyll in the leaves of weeds in fallow paddocks

The Daltons farm 18,000 hectares near the town of Hillston in western New South Wales on flat and slightly undulating country. They get an average yearly rainfall of about 350 mm.

Due to the lower rainfall, they fallow about 30% of their paddocks each year to allow subsoil moisture to build up. Over the summer months Rhodes grass becomes a particular problem in these fallow paddocks.

“In the summer we are having trouble with Rhodes weed. It’s becoming a pest and an expensive weed to eradicate with blanket spraying,” Sheldon said.

“But with the WEED-IT, we can target each weed individually without having to respray the whole paddock.”

“Instead of spraying 100% of the paddock we might only need to spray 5 to 30%. It makes the process more economical and we know we are achieving targeted eradication.”

Croplands has extensively tested and calibrated WEED-IT 7000 sprayers for Australian conditions.

The company claims WEED-IT technology assists farmers and contractors to delay the onset of herbicide resistance, lowers the weed seed bank and improves water retention, while making substantial chemical savings.

The Daltons bought their WEED-IT from the Croplands dealership, Intersales in Griffith, NSW. After the challenges of successive dry seasons in recent years, the Daltons are enjoying a good season with nearly 400mm of rain so far this year.

“We got through alright last year. We had a couple of good rains at the end of the previous year and just before sowing, so we had a good crop. But we had a couple of dry years before that,” Sheldon said.

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