Indiana farmer wins idea prize
By FRANK HOLDMEYER
If you’ve ever cleaned spray nozzles and found one or more was still plugged when you got back in the cab, you’ll be interested in an innovation that DeWayne Jones came up with. Jones was one of 15 farmers and ranchers from around the country who brought their equipment modifications, marketing techniques and other innovations to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle.
• An Indiana inventor wins an award for his innovation.
• Remote control spray system saves time and money.
• Invention reduces waste from 10 gallons to one per each walk-around inspection.
Jones entered his Mojo Spray Remote in the farmer invention competition and came home with $500 for the “Most Innovative” entry. The Mojo Spray Remote is a radio-frequency remote control system designed to allow producers to operate the spray boom while away from the controls. “This allows you to perform prespray inspections, tip cleaning and repair without having to return to the cab,” explains Jones. “It not only saves time, but product as well.”
A full-time auto mechanic, part-time farmer from Warren, Jones says his research shows a prespray inspection on a 60-foot boom can waste up to 10 gallons of product while performing a single walk-around.
“We use a generic remote control unit that is adaptable to most any aftermarket spray controller out there,” he explains. The remote is small enough to carry in a shirt pocket.
Jones began actively marketing the Mojo Spray Remote in 2008. He now has two models available. The original Mojo Spray Remote ($74.95 plus shipping and handling) controls up to four boom sections and the Mojo Max ($120.95 plus shipping and handling) can control up to eight boom sections.
For more information on Jones’ invention, visit www.sprayremote.com.
This article published in the March, 2010 edition of INDIANA PRAIRIE FARMER.
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