Ryan Tibbs

Ryan Tibbs of C&B Operations in Pipestone, Minn., shows a video of a sprayer with blue LED lights during a spray clinic in Sioux Falls.

There’s a new way to make sure your sprayer is functioning from the cab.

Blue lights mounted on the sprayer boom can illuminate the spray pattern both day and night.

The lights are relatively new on the market, and they’re gaining in popularity, said Ryan Tibbs, parts manager at C&B Operations John Deere dealership in Pipestone, Minn.

Many times a nozzle will plug up or something else will go wrong and you don’t realize a part isn’t working, he explained. This lets operators physically see the spray coming out of the nozzles.

The blue light allows the spray to be seen in the daylight. They work especially well at night, Tibbs said.

“They’re bright,” he added.

They also might draw a crowd. A customer of his who was spraying at night told him that about a dozen people pulled over to ask him about his lights.

Tibbs spoke at a spray clinic the network of C&B shops put on in Sioux Falls March 5. He had blue lights and a demonstration video on display.

The lights can be mounted back-to-back in the center of the boom with each shining down one side. One light will cover about 80 feet of boom.

Some run wires down to the lights and power them from an accessory plug. Because they’re LED lights, they don’t use much power.

The lights sell for $62.50 at C&B locations.

Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska. Reach her at jatyeo@tristateneighbor.com or follow on Twitter @JLNeighbor

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Janelle is editor of the Tri-State Neighbor, covering South Dakota, southwestern Minnesota, northwestern Iowa and northeastern Nebraska.