Well water here in Sask. is way too hard to use in a sprayer. I and most that I know of are pumping from sloughs or dugouts. Warmer water and no minerals are better that cold , hard water from a deep well.Dirty water from a dugout will wear out the nozzle faster than anything else. If your using clean well water they last a long time. Best to measure them with calibration cups or just buy a new set every 40,000 acres (with clean water)if your worried.
Yes, but I'm going to run high pressures anyway.Do you guys think running nozzles at higher pressures wears them out quicker?
Yes, it would also depend on nozzle, size and pressure.40,000 acres, ha ha ha! That would be a few life times for guys like me!
Anyway, that would depend greatly on the width of your sprayer, no?
Not sure on lasting longest, but after 120,000 acres, my ceramics varied less than 5% of new ones. When you consider 100% overlap, that's less than 2.5% variation in application rate from new ones. Pattern still looked the same as new ones, so I couldn't see a need for replacing them.I thought the ceramic ones were supposed to last the longest???
Yes, this is not new science. I remember reading in Grainews about the benefits of using soft, warm water from the surface (dugout or slough)rather than mineral laden, cold well water. Read all about it in this article..I used water from my yard so my conclusion is my water hampered both chemicals from working correctly