a new star arrives – Croplands stara

JUNE 2023

Croplands is introducing a new 4000-litre self-propelled sprayer with an innovative design that provides more stability to the boom and therefore delivers more chemical to the crop.

The Stara 4000 is built by Brazilian company Stara. It comes standard with a 36m boom, 1.6m underframe clearance, four-wheel steer and continuous recirculation and tiered booms.

Croplands national sales manager Jeremy Rennick says Stara has been in business for 60 years and is Brazil’s largest agricultural machinery manufacturer. It produces a wide range of products in addition to sprayers, including spreaders, chaser bins, planters, seeders and precision farming tools.

Stara is an impressive company. The scale of the agricultural industry in Brazil is massive, and Stara builds high-quality machines to meet its needs.

They provide very good customer support, including their own remote access system that factory technicians can use to connect to a machine to help the operator solve issues in real time.

We have done extensive testing in Australia and we are confident that the Stara will stand up to our demanding conditions. It will be a very attractive option for row crop applications, but it will also be very handy in many broadacre operations.”

Jeremy Rennick, Croplands National Sales Manager

Jeremy says one of the Stara’s unique features is the mounting system for the boom. It sits midway between the front and rear axles so, unlike a boom mounted over the rear (or front) axle, it is less affected by any up and down movements in uneven ground.
According to Stara, Brazil’s Agrarian Foundation of Agricultural Research has conducted tests that show 58 percent more of the chemical reaches the target with the Stara’s mid-mounted boom.

“The boom’s ride and the accuracy of the application are pretty amazing, and because it is mounted at the midpoint of the chassis, the operator has a much better view of the boom during work.

“Safety is another consideration and the Stara’s boom does not spray on or under the cab or chassis. The wings only spray out to the sides, and a separate boom at the rear of the machine sprays where the wheels and chassis have passed.

“Another benefit of mounting the boom in the middle of the chassis is it gives a 50-50 weight distribution between the front and rear axles. This reduces compaction, which is a major concern to many Australian farmers, and it also lowers fuel consumption,” Jeremy says.
Australian farmers and contractors often have to work on their own equipment so the fact that Stara has common running gear is a plus. It has a Cummins 6-295 CV electronic engine with a turbocharger and Rexroth hydrostatic transmission.

The spray system, the steel boom and the rigid steel chassis are all technology that Croplands is familiar with, Jeremy says.

Standard on Stara sprayers sold in Australia 1.6m underframe clearance and 3m hydraulically adjustable track widths. Jeremy says this will be the most popular specification and will handle jobs like desiccating taller crops such as sorghum and canola.
There is also the option of a hydraulic lift system that can raise the clearance height to 2m. It is ideal for spraying specialty crops such as corn or sugarcane.

With full boom recirculation, the operator can prime the system on the way to the first paddock, and with the tiered boom, the Stara is always automatically spraying at the ideal rate, no matter the forward speed.

The Stara comes standard with a Trimble GPS receiver on the roof, and Stara’s telemetry system for remote monitoring and troubleshooting.

“With the telemetry system you can either talk to a Croplands technician or a technician at the Stara factory. It can also be used to send assignments to the spray operator,” Jeremy says.

“Stara staff have been in Australia to train our technicians, and we will be holding a wide range of spare parts to back up our customers. We also have full visibility of the stock that Stara has in its warehouses.”

Croplands has been sourcing and importing the world’s best self-propelled sprayers for three decades starting with the SpraCoupe in the early 1990s. Since that time, the range has evolved to meet the ever-changing needs of Australian growers.

Last year Croplands celebrated its 50 anniversary, and in its half century of involvement in the industry it has built up a depth of spraying expertise. When farmers or contractors invest in a self-propelled sprayer from Croplands they are also investing in that expertise.

Whether the issue is technology or application, the Croplands team has the experience to provide unparalleled service and ongoing technical support.

The Stara was unveiled at the Farmfest Field Days in Toowoomba in June and will also be on display at the AgQuip Field days at Gunnedah in August.

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Easy-to-use RoGator gives NSW family more precision and speed

31 August 2021

Jelbart
Rodney and Joel Jelbart farm in the Alectown, NSW district.

When father and son Rodney and Joel Jelbart were looking to improve the efficiency of their spraying, they decided to take a chance on a self-propelled RoGator 1300C.

Moving to the RoGator in February was a big decision as it was different to anything the New South Wales farmers had used previously.

“This is the first RoGator we have had. We have had trailing booms before this,” Joel says.

“I was keen on the increased efficiency of the self-propelled sprayer and the ability to apply higher water rates over shortening spray windows. The higher clearance also gives us the flexibility to apply later in the season.

“We are very happy with it so far.”

Joel and his wife Laura are based at ‘Tarcoma’ in the Alectown, NSW district. They farm about 2000 hectares in partnership with Joel’s parents Rodney and Penny.

The broadacre cropping operation grows wheat, barley, canola and pulse crops – mainly lupins and peas.

They sow winter crops in April and May, ready for harvesting in November and December and do all their own spraying.

The Jelbarts purchased the RoGator 1300C in February this year, and Joel has been the main operator so far.

In the last six months he has done one round of fallow spraying, some pre-sowing applications and some in-crop work.

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Joel says he likes the SmartDrive traction control feature, which is standard on all C series RoGators.

SmartDrive controls each wheel to ensure any wheel slip is automatically countered as power goes to the gripping wheels. This gives the slipping wheel a chance to regain traction. It also matches engine RPM to the power required ensuring minimal fuel usage.

SmartDrive, standard on all C Series machines, continuously and independently controls each wheel.

He also likes the operating controls in the cab and is impressed with the boom.

“We have got other AGCO gear, and the RoGator is very similar technology. We are very familiar with it. I have also been impressed with the boom’s strength and stability.”

The ClearFlow chemical recovery system allows the operator to flush unused product out of the boom and back into the tank at the end of the day. Joel says it is another big plus.

ClearFlowTM pushes unused product from the plumbing back into the tank, prior to a tank or boom rinse.

It means the boom can be properly rinsed and cleaned out after use, while minimising waste and contamination.

Joel is also impressed with the Croplands fill station which makes it easy to fill up with chemical and water. “It is all very quick, whether you are filling with liquid or granular.”

RoGator’s LiquidLogic recirculation system ensures a more accurate application, with less overlap. Nozzle body valves provide precise section control giving the operator more control of where the spray goes.

“We have noticed an improved coverage with the nozzles spaced at 250 mm compared to our older 500 mm spacings.”

The increased precision of the 1300C means the RoGator can get the job done efficiently and Joel can keep on top of his busy spraying schedule.

He has no hesitation in recommending the RoGator 1300C to other farmers and contractors.

I have been very impressed so far. It has got all the features that you would expect in a sprayer these days, but it is really easy to use and to get going in the paddock.

Joel Jelbart, NSW

Joel is the fifth generation of the family to farm Tarcoma. He returned home in 2014, after working away for several years.

Now the sixth generation of Jelbarts is on the farm, as Joel and Laura have two children aged 3 and 5 years.

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Twin RoGators the centrepiece of year-round spraying business

31 August 2021

KAAS Spraying
Angus and Andrew Scott from KAAS Spraying and Agriculture, Tasmania

When a Tasmanian agricultural contracting business made the switch to RoGator sprayers, they were so impressed they added a second one.

The Scott family runs KAAS Spraying and Agriculture from their base in Hagley, northern Tasmania. They provide a mix of services to cropping and livestock farmers.

Andrew Scott started the contracting operation 10 years ago. Now his son Angus manages it, while Andrew looks after the family’s firewood business.

KAAS Spraying and Agriculture purchased its first RoGator RG700B in September 2020, and added a second one in December.

The self-propelled RoGator RG700Bs have fitted in nicely with the company’s busy spraying schedule.

They are the centrepiece of our business.

Angus Scott, KAAS Spraying and Agriculture

“We spray anything from vegetables, onions, potatoes, cereals, broadacre crops and high value small seeds such as carrot seeds. Pasture clean-ups keep us busy over the winter,” Angus says.

“The RoGators are quite simple machines. They have got everything we need, and they have some creature comforts, which makes using them a bit nicer,” Angus says.

“It is easier to get spare parts when both our sprayers are the same, and they are both under warranty,” Angus says.

“We are very happy with the way they are going. We have had other sprayers, but we have just found with the RoGators, we don’t have to wait weeks or months to get spare parts. Servicing is the main thing, which has been really good.”

He says KAAS Spraying and Agriculture’s previous sprayers were rear-wheel steer and ran into problems. The new front-wheel steer, four-wheel-drive RoGators have had no major issues.

“They are the centrepiece of our business. We use them all year round, in spring, summer and autumn, and even while it goes a bit quiet in the winter. We need them to be running smoothly all the time.”

The sprayers typically do about 1000 hours each over a 12 month period.

“We aim to do spray about 10,000 hectares a year when things are going well,” Angus says.

Standard specification on the RoGator RG700B is a 2700 litre tanks, but the Scotts have upgraded to 3200 litre tanks to give them a bit more capacity.

While the RG700B is the smaller model in the RoGator line-up, Angus says the steel boom makes them quite a hardy and straight forward machine.

“For a contractor, it just makes sense.”

Croplands RoGator RG700B

RoGators are all-wheel drive and designed with the engine, hydrostatic drive and gearboxes linked together. This ensures the system runs smoothly and delivers up to 20 percent more efficiency than other systems.

All-wheel drive and traction control allow RoGators to work in wetter or hilly areas without getting stuck and ensure an extra level of safety.
Speed sensors at each wheel motor ensure all four wheels turn at the same speed to reduce the risk of wheels spinning or slippage.

“If a tyre slips, the power goes to the other wheels so you don’t lose control,” Angus says.

RoGator RG700Bs have adjustable track width. Angus generally works with a track width of 1.8m to suit the crops he sprays.

The 24m folding boom provides flexibility, which suits KAAS Spraying and Agriculture because the paddocks they work in vary from 3-6 ha up to 40-80 ha.

“It allows the RoGators to fit through tight gates and tree lines. They also have good crop clearance.

“Even in the higher crops, you never hit the plants with the belly of the RoGator as they have a lot higher clearance than any other machines we have had.”

Priming the booms with product and emptying them are both “quite straight forward”.

“You can rinse them out in 10 to 15 minutes and go into another chemical group which is a good time saving.”

Angus has also been impressed with his RoGators’ fuel efficiency. They average around 12 litres per hour “which is a lot better than similar sprayers on the market” and they have an impressive road speed of 50 kph.

The Scotts bought their RoGators from Nutrien Ag Solutions in Launceston with back up from Croplands in Toowoomba, Queensland.

“The mechanic came down from the head office when we first purchased them and we can get help from both offices, which is always good,” Angus says.

“They have both got a two- year warranty, which a lot of other brands don’t have. That is quite handy.”

From his experience so far, Angus has no hesitation in recommending any of the RoGator sprayer range to other farmers and contractors.

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Performance, stability, comfort

04 August 2020

Todd Orrock with his new RoGator RG1300C

Todd and Brooke Orrock bought their first RoGator self-propelled sprayer after an accident that involved an insurance company and the need for a quick changeover.

There was a RoGator on a dealer’s lot, 40 km away and Todd was always keen on the brand, so the deal was done.

When the family bought their second RoGator, it was no accident. In February they bought a RoGator 1300C for their 2400-ha cropping farm near Murray Town, South Australia.

It is a family farm owned by Todd, his mum, Karen, and his wife, Brooke. Todd and Brooke’s children, Sophie and Mitchell, also work in the business.

They grow wheat, barley, canola, beans, export hay and some lentils. The last three years have been tough with drought and late season frost, but even so they have managed to get crops. This season is looking better.

Todd says the things he liked about the first RoGator are still there, but the new model had enough new technology that it was worth updating.

The Orrocks specified their RoGator 1300C with a 36m steel boom. Todd says he would have liked to go wider, but 36m fits with their tramlines, where the urea spreader is the limiting factor.

Along with looking after the family farm, Todd sprays for neighbouring farmers on contract. The contracting gives him an income, and it means he has newer gear for his own farm.

“We specialise in desiccation and fungicides in canola and beans.”

He can do that because he invested in crop dividers and sprays tall crops without damage.

There are many things he likes about RoGators.

I like the simplicity of the drive system and the stability of the booms. RoGators carry the boom really close to the axle, so they don’t get a waggle up.

Todd Orrock, Murray Town SA

Stability also matters for accuracy. The Orrocks farm is undulating country, and keeping the nozzles at the right height mitigates the risk of drift.

Stability also minimises stress on the machine and the operator. The boom wings go back and reset during cornering, controlled by a ram that works as a big shock absorber.

Todd has to work in small paddocks, and the ability to spray folded up at 60 ft is another advantage.

The boom is divided into 35 sections. Every four nozzles have their own section. The nozzles are 250 mm apart.

It has the ability to apply variable rates as prescribed by a map, but Todd does not use this feature.

Then there is the continuous boom recirculation.

I am in love with it and it should be standard on every boom sprayer, especially for contractors changing brews every day.

Todd Orrock

He used to either park in a corner and prime up the boom, or else he did laps.

“It took 300 litres of product to ensure it was primed. Now I can prime on my way to the paddock and start as soon as I am in the gate. It cuts down the boom sprayer’s hours.”

Another advantage of boom recirculation is that left-over product goes back into the tank. It keeps the boom clean with water, which minimises contamination and makes decontamination easy.

Todd describes the RoGator’s suspension as like driving a big bean bag.

“It has air suspension on the cab and boom. I have had major back surgery with discs removed. At the end of a day spraying, I get out and I am still walking. I couldn’t do that with our old trailed sprayer. Comfort is good.”

He usually drives at 25 kph and says it is smoother than going slower.

The RoGator 1300C has a 6300-litre tank. It does make for a heavy load, but Todd says for a self-propelled it is not overly weighty. He can carry less product if traction is an issue.

Its tank has automatic agitation. Agitation reduces as it empties to limit foaming.

The RoGator has a 60 kph road speed, which appeals to the contracting side of the business. Unfolding from transport mode is done with the push of one button.

Todd does not want to cart a trailer, so he uses the RoGator as its own batching plant and gets water where he is working.

He says his RoGator 1300C is more fuel-efficient than his previous one. Traction is also better with power to all four wheels.

“It has a smarter drive that doesn’t have to run at full revs all day. It matches the engine speed to the load.”

“We had a wet block this year and the old one would have spun a hole. This one moved the drive between wheels and drove through it.”

RoGators come with their own screen and controller, but they can also play nicely with others. Todd runs tests for a company that supplies GPS and control units, and he wanted their software in his sprayer.

Croplands worked with him and his GPS company to ensure it happened.

Easy operation is another benefit of the RoGator. Todd often sprays at night when the temperature has dropped, so this is a huge advantage.

“Maintenance is also easy. There are only two filters on the spraying side, so cleaning out is a breeze.”

Todd bought his RoGator 1300C directly from Croplands. He says they are good to deal with and he is lucky to have an agent just 40 km away.

It is working very well. Product recovery and boom recirculation are amazing features.

Todd Orrock

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Sprayers don’t come tougher than RoGator

19 June 2020

Greg Younghusband has been purchasing sprayers through Croplands since 2009. In that time he has run 10 Croplands sprayers, primarily RoGators.

“I have had them for a fair while. The first one I had was a RoGator 1286 and then I got the 1300A.

“I usually try to get 8000 hours out of them, but now I think we will push them out past 10,000 hours or until they wear out.

“We just know how to run RoGators and they are a very strong machine.”

His latest acquisition is the RoGator 1100C with a 120-ft boom. It joins the other self-propelled sprayers in his shed, a RoGator 1300A, two RoGator 1300Bs and a Spra-Coupe 7660.

Based in Curban, in the Gilgandra region of central New South Wales, Greg has contracts to spray 42,000 hectares of crops farms in a 250km radius from his home base.

Depending on the season, he can spray crops five or six times a year, hence the need for so many strong and reliable machines.

Greg says while the RoGators are not perfect, they have proven to be very reliable.

“Croplands has made massive improvements with the C Series. I don’t expect to have problems with hoses and the under carriage is a big improvement.

“There are guys out there who would say other brands are comparable, but I doubt any of them would say their gear is better. You can find faults in them all, but in my experience Croplands has the most reliable gear.

The bit I am looking for is the strength in the design and the RoGator booms are very strong. We give them absolute punishment and they handle it.

Greg Younghusband, Curban NSW

Greg says he drove the new RoGator 1100C for 250 hours in one fortnight recently and he didn’t get tired.

With his fleet of sprayers, Greg has half a dozen different sized booms to meet the varied needs of his clients. The RoGator 1100C has a 36.5m boom.

“We started out with little Brumby booms and built out from there.”

Greg and his wife Gai-Maree farm at Curban with their two daughters. The farming operation produces grain on 2100 ha.

They lease the cropping ground from Greg’s father, Neville, who oversees the day-to-day running of the farm when Greg is away with his contracting work.

The farm has been severely impacted by the drought over the last couple of years, but Greg is hopeful this season’s grain crop will be a healthy one to get the farm back on track.

Over the last 18 months Greg’s team of nine full-time workers has also been kept busy cutting and transporting close to 45,000 big square bales of hay from Victoria to farms in NSW and Queensland impacted by drought and fire as part of the state government’s relief effort.

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Trio of RoGators for Day family in NSW

16 March 2020

The Day’s impressive fleet

Running a large farming operation requires efficiency, and RoGator self-propelled sprayers have proven to be just the ticket in that regard for the Day family.

Based in Oaklands in southern New South Wales, Shannon Day and his uncle Gavin farm around 14,000 hectares (35,000 acres), with the bulk of the operation, nearly 10,000 hectares, in broadacre crops.

“With a property of this size, time is everything for us. Having these machines makes the work easier and we get more time to concentrate on other areas of the business,” Shannon says.

“It also frees you up for family time. Definitely getting family time is a priority.”

Shannon’s grandfather Pat started out as a local transport operator serving farmers in the area and he could see the opportunity that farming offered.

“Pop started buying farms in the early 1970s. He was always working for farmers carting fertiliser and grain, so he always had a connection with farming.

“He bought smaller properties in the same area and joined them together, gradually building it up to the business we have now.”

Shannon’s father Peter continues to run the transport operation with a fleet of 40 trucks on the road, while Pat is still very much hands-on with both businesses.

Six full-time staff are employed on the farm, along with Gavin and Shannon, and they employ seasonal workers as needed.

The farm runs a cropping rotation primarily of wheat, barley and canola.

“We do two or three cereals to break it back into canola. Around here that’s the standard rotation,” Shannon says.

“The yields have not been great the last couple of years with the dry conditions, but in the last 10 years we have averaged 3.8 tonnes of cereals and 5 tonnes in a good year. Canola yields are 2-3 tonnes.”

The Day family has been using RoGator self-propelled sprayers for the last 15 years. They bought their first RoGator 1274 from their local Croplands dealer back in 2005, and it is still going strong, having clocked up more than 11,000 hours in operation.

They are a simple enough machine to operate. It is really the ease of use and the simplicity that has kept that one going for so long.

Shannon Day, Oaklands NSW

“We have had no serious mechanical issues, only with the hydraulic piston-driven motors, which we have replaced.”

Shannon says the newer models now have a motor and hub design which make them more efficient.

The Day family added a RoGator 1100C with a 120-ft boom to their fleet last year, and they took possession of a brand new RoGator 1300C at the beginning of the year.

The RoGator 1300C also has a 120-ft boom. Shannon is particularly impressed with the simplicity of the new machines, their automation, and the height controls on the boom.

“The screen has a lot of information on it and they have done really well putting that whole package together and getting it working well.

We looked at other machines, but we have just been blown away with 1300C. It is really compressed and simple.

Shannon Day

“While we have only been operating it for a couple of weeks it is amazing to think about how far we have come with the technology.”

While his uncle Gavin is the main driver of the RoGator 1274, Shannon has been taking charge of the new machines. He says he would have no hesitation in employing and training new operators for them.

“They are simple enough. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to drive them. In the long run, we will probably have drivers for the two new machines.”

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RoGator makes spraying a breeze

19 February 2020

RoGator RG1300C

THERE are some things about having so-called ‘fruits’ or new technology, that just makes work a bit easier.

And if you’re spraying, the bonus is maximising windows of opportunity to achieve high weed kill rates.

For Chapman Valley farmer Ian Grant, who replaced his Croplands RoGator 5000 litre tank capacity 1386B model with a new 6000L tank capacity1300C model, comparing performance between the two models is almost chalk and cheese.

And that’s despite the 1386B living up to expectations with high productivity and weed kill efficiency.

It’s the ‘fruit’ that makes the 1300C a dream to operate.

Take its trade-marked SmartDrive system, which links the tractor management system and drive functions, so no operator input is needed. 

The tractor management system controls engine RPM and hydrostatic drives, and operators who have tractor management systems, know how efficient they are at providing the greatest torque curves at the lowest RPM.

Croplands says SmartDrive adds to this with even better fuel economy because the operator can match RPM to operating speed. In fact Croplands claim the 1300C provides 24 per cent more fuel saving than its B Series predecessor with an operating consumption of about 15 litres an hour.

For Ian, who highly rates the SmartDrive system, he averages 11L/hr and has further enhanced fill times with a front-fill system to bypass all pumps which allows him a five minute fill-time from his nurse tank.

SmartDrive also features two-speed cruise control – one for ‘in-paddock’ and the other for ‘end-row turn’- from its all-wheel traction control with a single-hydrostatic, four-wheel drive system. Shuttle shift makes changing direction fast and easy.

Croplands believe this is an industry first that provides power to the wheels with no slip.

If the system senses a wheel slipping, it diverts power to the wheels that still have grip to keep the sprayer moving.

In undulating and boggy conditions, it’s a handy feature and Mr Grant also likes the 

Another big feature is a fully pressurised circulating boom with three circuits, providing even pressure across the boom to within plus or minus 1psi.

Called FlowLogic, this re-circulation plumbing keeps product moving through the boom, plumbing and filters to reduce chemical build-up and help eliminate blocked nozzles.

The boom is certainly easier to clean. There’s no sediment build-up and all the chemical gets recovered back to the tank.

Ian Grant, Chapman Valley WA

An optional Capstan PinPoint system uses blended pulse width modulation technology to achieve complete individual nozzle control.

In conjunction with the self-priming boom, it means instantaneous and constant spray pattern to eliminate over and under-spraying.

“It’s an excellent feature because I’ve got irregular-shaped paddocks so it eliminates a lot of overlap and scorch,” Mr Grant said.

“It’s also worth mentioning that with this new spray system we can comfortably spray 120 litres a hectare of water rates up to 30km/h.”

Mr Grant also likes the auto-height boom control which he says is a “huge plus” in undulating country and “the reaction time is good”.

Then there’s the LiquidLogic system, which helps operators simplify their jobs, reduce potential for off-target application, make clean-out faster, easier and more thorough and reduce product waste.

“It used to be a huge issue decontaminating with SU residues before spraying canola and we’re also using Intervix from brome and wild oats in wheat and that can be flushed out before using the RR canola sprays,” Mr Grant said.

Other key features of the LiquidLogic system include a “hold at minimum” pressure setting across the boom that helps ensure a consistent spray pattern to keep product on target at low speed and the ability to maintain a +/- one psi variation across the boom.

Section control for either 35 sections with 25cm (10in) or 37.5cm (15in) spacings or 36 sections with 50cm (20in) spacings, are standard with the AgControl rate controller.

Finally, variable displacement control of the product pump manages and limits speed to 5000 rpm to help prevent pump failure.

ClearFlow recovery is how Croplands describes the industry’s first full-recovery system. Air is used to force product from the boom back into the tank, leaving less than 10 litres in the system while a self-priming boom enables product flow through the entire boom once the product pump and recirculation are turned on.

In addition Mr Grant also opted for a WEED-IT spot spraying system which entails fitting cameras on the boom with appropriate wiring harnesses.

“It’s a bit of a hassle but it converts the RoGator into a spot-sprayer,” Mr Grant said.

 According to WEED-IT it has the best sensors on the market to recognise chlorophyll making it just as effective in the dark.

“I reckon I’ll get my investment back in two years with the chemical I’ll save,” Mr Grant said.

I’m estimating I’ll save between 80 and 90 per cent on chemicals.

Ian Grant

In the cab of the 1300C, a 26 centimetre touch-screen AccuTerminal allows intuitive, easy-to-learn control and monitoring of machine functions, such as the new cruise control and shuttle shift speed along with drive sensitivities, headland control and tractor management system (TMS).

The AccuTerminal can be used to access functions within the re-designed AgControl rate and section control system as well as spray functions such as pressures, auto agitation, boom clean-out, product rinse and recovery.

Automatic guidance and AGCO’s full suite of Fuse precision application, documentation and machine tracking tools are all controlled through this single operating terminal.

Dual-band cellular plus world-wide satellite connections, allow machine tracking and performance through Fuse Connected Services via AgCommand.

Originally published in Farm Weekly as “RoGator ‘fruit’ makes spraying a breeze”, Ken Wilson.

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Fourth RoGator for Baboo Pastoral Company

16 December 2019

RoGator RG1300C

The RoGator C Series from Croplands has changed the game in professional-grade application. Designed to deliver more precise application, the RoGator C Serves has croppers from around Australia reporting extensive fuel savings, with an average of 23% on the new model when compared to the previous RoGator B Series.

Key to this is the revolutionary SmartDrive system which not only enables the C Series to burn less fuel, it also makes life easier for the operator.

Long-time RoGator owner Scott Smith from Baboo Pastoral Company, Green Range WA has recently taken delivery of a new RoGator C Series and he is already seeing positive impacts to his operation.

The new C Series uses noticeably less fuel and lower engine revs mean a smoother drive and a lightweight feeling in the cab.

Scott Smith, Baboo Pastoral Company WA

Engine RPM in the RoGator C Series is managed automatically to deliver drive and system performance, even in changing soil and terrain conditions resulting in fuel savings, reduction in wear and minimised operator fatigue.

Each wheel is monitored by a speed sensor, meaning that if any of the wheels start slipping the power to the ground is adjusted at the individual wheel motor. Like a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in a tractor, the tractor management system (TMS) controls the engine in conjunction with the transmission to adjust RPM automatically as required. This feature of the SmartDrive enables the engine to run at the ideal RPM resulting in a cooler system that burns less fuel and reduces wear on the engine.

Further adding to the comfort of the ride is turn compensation. The speed sensors register that the machine is turning on the headland and cause the inside wheel motors to operate at a different RPM to the outside wheel motors – reducing the soil disturbance on corners.

Scott crops a combination of canola, barley and wheat on his property located 80 kilometres from Albany. Depending on summer rainfall and weed and pest pressures, he averages between five and six spray passes each year at an application rate of 80 litres per hectare.

“We are averaging 1000 hours a year in the RoGator. In the first two months with the new machine, we’ve done 300 hours” says Scott.

With large hectares to cover, making daily spray operations more productive is key.

The RoGator C Series LiquidLogic system – arguably the world’s most advanced liquid-system technology – is designed with productivity in mind. It has a full boom recirculation system with E-Stop valves on each nozzle body, enabling on/off control at the nozzle body. The LiquidLogic system also keeps chemical in suspension – enabling the operator to prime the boom on the way to the paddock, eliminating downtime.

The one-piece boom allows for product recovery, which can be performed by the operator from the cab. This feature is a real money saver when weather conditions suddenly change and any unused product in the pump, manifold or boom can be returned to the tank until weather conditions improve and the operator can prime the boom again and resume spraying.

The LiquidLogic system also features auto-agitation which is especially important when applying powders or granular chemical products. It automatically agitates product in the tank as the tank level increases/decreases which eliminates foaming in the tank.

This will be Scott’s fourth RoGator having previously owned B Series models.

RoGators are tough and reliable sprayers with minimal mechanical issues. Technical support and service provided by the service agents is also excellent.

Scott Smith, Baboo Pastoral Company WA

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Croplands RoGator C Series delivers precision and efficiencies in VIC

29 August 2019

RoGator RG1300C with Pommier boom
RoGator C Series with 48m aluminium Pommier boom: big booms for big acres

The RoGator C Series Self Propelled sprayer is packed full of features designed to drive efficiencies on farm and make life easier for Australian croppers.

Key to this is the sprayer’s LiquidLogic application system, which offers individual control at each nozzle body through 35 sections of the boom – helping operators better target the spray as well as offering more precise rates and a more effective cleanout.

The system also enables boom recirculation, allowing spray products to be continuously filtered in the tank and letting booms be primed on the way to the paddock, saving time and chemical before starting to spray.

Andrew Graham and Kerry McFarlane from Victoria’s Southern Mallee recently took delivery of a new RoGator RG1300C fitted with 48m aluminium Pommier boom and they are already seeing positive impacts on their spraying program.

Andrew and Kerry farm 2900 hectares in Cannie, Victoria – 55km south of Swan Hill – cropping a combination of wheat, barley, canola, field peas, lentils and vetch.

Depending on summer rainfall and weed and pest pressures, they average between four and ten spray passes each year at an application rate of 80 to 100 litres per hectare.

Since taking possession of the new RoGator in February, Andrew and Kerry have already sprayed over 8000ha. With travel speeds of between 20 and 22 kms and the addition of the 48m Pommier boom, they are able to quickly and efficiently travel across paddocks.

This is the couple’s first self-propelled unit having previously operated a trailing sprayer.

With boom width being a key consideration when they were deciding on the purchase of a self-propelled sprayer, the optional 48m Pommier boom offered the best solution for a lighter, stronger and wider boom.

The 48m boom allows us to cover more land, quicker and will result in less wheel tracks when crop topping later in the season

Andrew Graham, Cannie VIC

Andrew has also been impressed with the low engine RPM and corresponding fuel efficiency along with the smooth ride and operator comfort.

Engine RPM in the RoGator C Series is managed automatically to deliver drive and system performance, even in changing soil and terrain conditions resulting in fuel savings, reduction in wear and minimised operator fatigue.

Andrew purchased his RoGator from local St Arnaud dealership, Precision Farming Solutions, where he is also able to source spare parts for his machine if needed.

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