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johndeerefarmer
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:15 pm    Post subject: homemade foam for foam marker? Reply with quote

Has anyone tried to make their own foam for use in their spray marker?

I know, I am cheap. Smile

I can't help it ,it's my heritage..


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Cal
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Life's too short to screw around with foam markers. Get GPS.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cal sounds good where do you start looking and how much do they cost?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most equipment dealers sell GPS. We bought ours when they were first introduced, so we paid quite a bit. Last I saw, you could get a system for arouns $3000 Canadian. Maybe even less than that now.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 4:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is your GPS interfaced with your controller on your spray rig?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have an excellent foam marker on our 100ft field sprayer, works like a charm when you use good soap makes real good foam. I always have to chuckle the neighbors have a high priced GPS unit in their sprayer and they always misses in the field. They never know what to say when I ask them if they are leaving strips to see if the spray worked... Smile And last year every time they got into the middle of the field they lost their signal and had to tramp back to the start to find the signal. Call me cheap but if foam markers do the trick stick with them!! Wink


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Foam markers are extra screwing around every time you fill, besides having that little electric pump sucking dirt and switching valve mechanism. There's a reason GPS keeps gaining popularity. Several types of guidance systems, some run off towers (NOAA towers if I remember right) and some sattelites. Depends on what type of accuracy you need and how much you're willing to spend. http://stellarsupport.deere.com/en_US/


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only foam I like come's on a mug of Beer mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Wink


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Manitoba_Rancher
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 9:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the way grain farming is heading up here it will be lucky if the average grain farmer can afford foam little own GPS. Lots of acres up here are not going in crop this year, inputs too high and prices for grain way too low. Wont need all those all those high priced gadgets.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Manitoba_Rancher wrote:
With the way grain farming is heading up here it will be lucky if the average grain farmer can afford foam little own GPS. Lots of acres up here are not going in crop this year, inputs too high and prices for grain way too low. Wont need all those all those high priced gadgets.



Some of the farmers in this area need that kind of reality check! Cash rent over $200 per acre and $2 bushel corn does not make very good sense. The latest and biggest eqip. is required here to better your chances of renting more ground so you can buy newer euipment Say what? As far as the foam question I found out long ago that the quality of the WATER is the most important. Soft water is the best and pond or ditch water is the worst.


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Cal
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GPS tracking system also works real well with drills or planters. If you trade up and order one without the double markers you just paid for your tracking unit. Since the unit is easy to switch from one outfit to another, you can use them in any application where you need a marker. Works well when drilling in no till, or when the dust is with you, or after dark when it's hard to see a mark on the ground.

Not to mention that if you have to quit for more than a short period of time in the middle of a field when spraying, you're not going to be able to find your place again with foam, unless you can find some dye stains on the ground and it didn't rain, whereas GPS can save your field positon pretty much indefinitely.


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Manitoba_Rancher
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cal wrote:
GPS tracking system also works real well with drills or planters. If you trade up and order one without the double markers you just paid for your tracking unit. Since the unit is easy to switch from one outfit to another, you can use them in any application where you need a marker. Works well when drilling in no till, or when the dust is with you, or after dark when it's hard to see a mark on the ground.

Not to mention that if you have to quit for more than a short period of time in the middle of a field when spraying, you're not going to be able to find your place again with foam, unless you can find some dye stains on the ground and it didn't rain, whereas GPS can save your field positon pretty much indefinitely.



Cal,

The foam we use lasts up to 24 hrs. I d almost say that your a sales person for GPS units.


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