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|April 15, 00, West Point, Ne. Greg Kreikemeir is an innovative producer that has implemented the most productive NH3 applicator to date. The applicator is referred to as the X-16. Remember the X-15, it was the first man qualified rocket plane that flew to fringes of outer space. Maybe you did not know that the X-15 flew on 1,500 gallons of NH3 and 2,000 gallons of LOX. That is correct and it produced up to 500,000 horsepower for 90 seconds. Well this 60 foot wide applicator has challenged the record for applying NH3.|
|Greg’s X-16 is rated at 80 gallons
per minute or 20,000 Ibs. /N per hour. Most NH3 applicators seldom exceed
25 gallons per minute. Some 40 ft airseeders apply as low as 6 gallons per
minute. This machine is a money maker in the custom application business.
Greg's goal is to precision apply on his own 4,500 acre farm and then go
to work for his neighbors 10,000 acres this fall.
Greg started planning the X-16 in November, 99 after reading an article in Successful Farming about Exactrix®. Greg checked out the Exactrix web site and made the call. His credit card made the down payment and by March he was operational in the field.
Greg is no stranger to leading the pack. He built his own 20” spacing 60 foot No-till planter. Exactrix provided considerable engineering support but the real credit goes to Greg for meeting the deadlines and rolling out the machine on time.
Your calculator will tell you that at 12mph a 60 foot wide machine will cover 87 acres per hour. The X-16 is recharged every 30 minutes with 2,900 gallon high floatation trailer tanks. Hookup takes 10 minutes so 75 acres per hour is about the top production. A 750 acre day is possible. The going rate for commercial application of a single product is $7.00 per acre. Sounds like a good $5,250 gross for a days work.
The X- 16 is a real bargain for Greg's customers since there is no-tillage using the Exactrix® approved X-16 single disc openers. In fact the machine operator often has trouble finding his mark. Greg has installed a light bar and the Mid-Tech field mapping system. Greg says he would require $100,000 for the X-16 bar if he sold it.
The second major advantage of the X-16 is the Exactrix® system. The port to port accuracy as tested is 0.7% adm. University of Nebraska at Lincoln reports that NH3 is normally applied at 30% over the required rate since the old pressure reducing systems are very inaccurate port to port That is absolutely correct as tested by Iowa State University and Successful farming.
How did they do that?
is the cookbook to building your own high speed applicator.