AGCO collaborates with EZ-Drops for RoGator sprayers
By Chad Elmore01 April 2021
AGCO introduces Y-Logic nutrient delivery system for its RoGator LiquidLogic and legacy liquid systems to help reduce input and costs.
AGCO Corp. announced a strategic collaboration between its AGCO Parts division and Kirkland, Ill.-based EZ-Drops. The agreement provides AGCO’s RoGator dealers in North America exclusive parts access to Y-Logic, a new dealer-installed premium nutrient delivery system by EZ-Drops for the RoGator LiquidLogic and legacy liquid systems.
RoGator self-propelled sprayers are used by many North American farmers and custom applicators for fertilizer application, as they implement ways to stretch their fertilizer dollars to make every drop count.
“Excess nitrogen negatively affects both the environment and farm profitability. One of the simplest ways to reduce nitrogen without sacrificing yield is to move nitrogen application closer to the time crops need it,” said Darren Goebel, director of Global Agronomy and Farm Solutions at AGCO.
The new nutrient application system with patent-pending quick-attach, pivot-mounts by EZ-Drops is now available at AGCO RoGator dealers for all factory boom sizes up to 120 ft., and all row widths regardless of how nozzle boom spacing is configured.
“RoGator is a highly-customizable platform for the farmer and custom applicator, and it’s innovative aftermarket solutions like Y-Logic by EZ-Drops that allow our customers to extract maximum value out of their machine to apply product to the field in the most efficient way possible,” said Nick Scates, parts marketing specialist for Application Equipment at AGCO Parts.
Y-Logic’s efficiencies also include easy installation and removal capabilities, which are designed to save operators time.
“Y-Logic’s ease of use and accuracy is the new industry standard. This premium system is light weight, folds from the cab, is self-guided by the crop, and the heavy-duty stainless-steel breakaway spring and hydraulic fittings, along with high-wear tips make it durable,” said Andy Blackmer, EZ-Drops co-founder.
When it comes to the performance of the system, AGCO said it stays on target so well that the manufacturer recommends using half the drops that other systems call for. “We are crop-guided, because our flexible, yet rigid, distribution tubes at the bottom put gentle pressure on the crop and deliver nutrients on target to the base of the plant,” said Jeff Heinsohn, the company’s other co-founder. Because of this, the system is lighter, doesn’t weigh the boom down, and allows for a full boom installation on a system as wide as 120 ft.
Goebel said Y-Logic’s capabilities align with the overall value provided by the RoGator application system: “In-season nitrogen application with Y-Logic by EZ-Drops puts nitrogen where it is needed, when it is needed, maximizing crop yield and minimizing losses to the environment.”
EZ-Drops was born on the farm outside Kirkland out of a need for an adaptive system to comfortably apply nutrients to the base of the crop, in-season, using the full boom at high speeds. After years of making in-field improvements, AGCO said they realized EZ-Drops was a product that could solve a problem for other farmers as well.