AGCO RoGator | Crop Tour

Trust the Application Pros.

​AGCO is starting crop tours for growers and commercial applicators to educate on key variables in the application process. The RoGator crop tours are geared to gather data and insights that will help educate growers and commercial applicators on the impact of key variables in the application process.

Four overarching protocols will be administered and reviewed during the 2020 growing season:

  • Boom Height — How varied boom heights affects spray consistency and accuracy
  • Boom Contamination — How proper cleanout reduces the risk of crop damage
  • Boom Priming — How proper priming reduces the risk of crop damage
  • Nozzle Selection and Droplet Size — How proper selection of nozzles and speeds impacts the application

The application team will utilize several methodologies to gauge impact in the plots including the use of spray cards, weed counts, and ultimately yield results.
Check out details about each plot location below!




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    Land O’ Lakes – Winfield United Answer Plot, Vincent, IA

    Crop – Soybeans
    Site Manager – Todd Coulter, Answer Plot Operations Manager
    Site Protocols – Boom Contamination, Boom Priming

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    CropSmith LLC – Farmers City, IL

    Crop – Soybeans
    Site Manager – Tim Smith, Managing Agronomist
    Site Protocols – Boom Height, Boom Contamination, Boom Priming, Nozzle Selection

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    Univ. of Georgia – Tifton Campus, Tifton GA

    Crop– Cotton, Site Manager – Dr. Wesley Porter – Associate Professor for Crop & Soil Science at UGA, Site Protocols – Boom Height, Boom Contamination, Boom Priming, Nozzle Selection

Advance Your Cotton Quality

Location Administered by Crop
Tifton, Georgia University of Georgia Cotton

Protocol & Plot Demo

  • Boom Contamination (impact of not cleaning out properly)
  • Boom Priming (impact of not priming properly)
  • Boom Height Control (impact of wrong boom height)
  • PWM System (impact of wrong nozzle and droplet size)

Boom contamination can have detrimental effects on the non-target crop. Spraying the wrong chemical on the crop can cause crop damage which can translate to losses in yield.”

- Dr. Wesley Porter, Ph.D, UGA



Reap, Thresh, and Clean

Location Administered By Crop
Farmer City, IL Cropsmith Soybeans

Protocol & Plot Demo

  • Boom Contamination (impact of not cleaning out properly)
  • Boom Priming (impact of not priming properly)
  • Boom Height Control (impact of wrong boom height)
  • PWM System (impact of wrong nozzle and droplet size)

"To prevent field damage, you need to have a thorough cleanout of the boom. This can be difficult because there are reservoirs for chemical contamination that resist effort to remove and only reduce the off-target chemical in them by repeated dilutions. It can take many rinse and repeat cycles in booms that have these areas that resist cleaning attempts.

- Tim Smith, M.S.



CropSmith Crop Tour
CropSmith Crop Tour

Save Your Seeds

Location Administered by Crop
Vincent IA Land O'Lakes Soybeans

Protocol & Plot Demo

  • Boom Contamination (impact of not cleaning out properly)
  • Boom Priming (impact of not priming properly)

Boom height and nozzle selection go together to assure you are achieving maximum control of your target pest. Nozzle selections depend on category of the product you are applying, pests (weeds or insects), and the manufacturer's recommendation to reduce the amount of drift yet achieving proper coverage for good control. It is all about the droplet size and getting product through the canopy. Proper boom heights, nozzle selections, adjuvants, and boom pressures work together to assure labeled rates are applied for quality control."

- Todd Coulter, Winfield United



Vincent Iowa Crop Tour
CropSmith Crop Tour



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