According to Dr. Mark Alley of Alley Agronomics LLC, Blacksburg, VA, there is a nice piece of Classic IRON being used in its territory — an Apache 560 sprayer from Equipment Technologies, first produced in 1997. The sprayer was originally purchased by Robert Bland near Greensburg, IN. In November 2015 it changed hands and was purchased online through Ohio Valley Ag. It is currently owned and operated by Daniel Brann and Chuck King, Brann-King Farms, in Riner, VA.
“The sprayer is currently used to apply herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and liquid nitrogen fertilizer to malting barley, bread wheat, and pumpkins,” Alley says. “All of these crops are grown with continuous no-till. The total acres applied using this unit will vary between 700 and 900 acres annually.”
An interesting tidbit about this Apache 560 sprayer is its model number — 007. “The 007 indicates this was one of the earliest manufactured of this model,” Alley says. “This 007 Apache is still ‘licensed to kill’ and is an excellent applicator for rolling topography, being able to make rapid, high-quality applications when disease and insect pests appear, especially in the high-value pumpkin crop.”
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