A new fertilizer spreader launched by Amazone, and shown at Canada’s Farm Progress Show, may grab the attention of producers looking for an upgrade.
The spreader, which can be used as a trailed unit, or mounted onto a self-propelled unit, uses a drop-point as a shutter to control how wide the granular fertilizer is spread.
Kale Wilson, territory manager for Amazone, says this allows for more control than was previously available. “With urea, we’re able to spread 120 feet accurately, with phosphorus and potash we’re able to spread up to 150-160 feet.”
The spreader’s online weighing system and radar detection also allow the operator to have more control with what’s going onto the field.
“As you’re driving, it’s calculating how many pounds of fertilizer you’re putting down. It will actually adjust the flow, so you get the correct amount of application rates with the machine,” Wilson explains. “The radar system watches the fertilizer as it flies off the disc. So it has a very consistent pattern that it wants to see, so if our fertilizer changes either as it gets more powdery or bigger granules, it’ll fly off the disc at a little different angle. With the radar system it’s watching for that, so it’ll automatically adjust the drop point so it’ll maintain our consistent spread pattern for 120 feet.”
Currently, the fertilizer spreader can be accessed in Saskatchewan through Canada West Harvest Center.
Check out Kale Wilson in conversation with RealAgriculture’s Kara Oosterhuis at Canada’s Farm Progress Show at Regina, Sask, below: