It’s a concept born out of a desire to shorten fill times for their own sprayers on the farm, explained Phil Friesen, owner of Crystal City, PhiBer Manufacturing and Manitoba farmer. He described the idea behind the creation of the PhiBer Dash tank-mixing system as he stood by its side at the Manitoba Ag Days show in Brandon in January.
“It’s a new product,” he said. “This is the first show. We have one on our own farm that we built four years ago. We now move on to production. It is a filling system. We call it the PhiBer Dash. The general idea is that you want to reduce the time spent filling your sprayer.
Designed to be mounted on the deck of a truck or trailer, the Dash also easily accommodates chemical bins or smaller product boxes. Bins can be loaded onto the elevated rack and gravity fed into one of the Dash’s four separate calibrated tanks, designed to measure an exact amount of product. Once these tanks are filled to the correct volume, they can feed the chemical directly into a fill line while the sprayer tank is being charged.
A mesh cage with the Dash system is designed to hold smaller boxes or containers. Its door is wide enough to allow the loading of a product pallet with a forklift. And it provides safe and secure containment for products during transport and in the field.
These small containers can be manually poured into the Dash’s chemical tanks.
“If you’re using dry powder, one of the tanks has extra agitation,” he adds.
Once the reservoirs are filled with all the required chemicals, each can be released into the fill stream in the correct order to avoid negative chemical reactions by pulling one of the color-coded control levers. This also activates an automatic flush which leaves the chemical tank on the dashboard ready for other products.
“Often, farmers put different chemicals in the same sprayer load,” he explains. “You fill it (the Dash tanks) according to what your recipe calls for. The chemical maker says you have to release them in a certain order. It also opens a ball valve to rinse the tank. So you rinse the tank when you release the chemicals.
“It’s a modular system, so you can buy different components and add them. You have the option of going up to four (chemical tanks).
Depending on the specs, retail prices for the PhiBer Dash start at just over $ 20,000. For more information, visit the company’s website, www.phiber.ca.