Surface spread nutrients precisely in hi-tech mode

If you didn’t make it out to the Ag in Motion outdoor farm show this summer, don’t despair. Here, we examine eight precision applicators that made an appearance in AIM field demonstrations:


LANGHAM, Sask. — Field demonstrations are one of the main features at the Ag in Motion (AIM) outdoor farm show that attract more farmers every year.

This year, growers saw eight of the latest precision nutrient spreading machines in action.

The key word here is “precision.” Not long ago, you would never have heard the words “precision” and “spreader” used in the same sentence. Unless the speaker was saying, “You cannot do precision application with a spreader.”

But times have changed and so has the technology. Today, growers have the same degree of confidence in their precision surface application implement as they have in their air drill. Surface spreading fertilizer according to a prescription map has become common practice.

The list

If you didn’t make it out to the Ag in Motion outdoor farm show this summer, don’t despair. Here, we examine eight precision applicators that made an appearance in AIM field demonstrations:

  1. Dutch BioSpreader
  2. Amazone GZ-TS 01
  3. RoGator AirMax Precision R1/R2
  4. JD F4365 High-Capacity Self-Propelled Nutrient Applicator
  5. Salford Valmar 9620
  6. Salford BBI Sniper
  7. Agriterra Agri-Spread
  8. Sulky Econov

For those farmers who couldn’t make the AIM Show held July 16-18 near Saskatoon, here’s a rundown of the eight precision applicators shown in field demonstrations.

Dutch BioSpreader

The 7020PTX BioSpreader is designed to handle the full range of solid to saturated manure in extreme weather conditions.

Instead of mild steel flighting, the BioSpreader is built with abrasive resistant AR400 steel with a Rockwell hardness of 42. This steel extends the life of the machine.

The beater assembly on the new BioSpreader easily detaches so the trailer can be used to haul rocks or gravel. The 15-tonne spreader with side extensions can unload solid manure in the field in 90 seconds. | Ron Lyseng photo

Dutch says their live floor has more load advancing slats than other manure spreaders and their 80-grade three-quarter-inch logging chain has the highest breaking point on the market.

Dutch was first on the market with three adjustable paddles at the bottom of each beater to allow large solid objects such as rocks to pass without flighting damage.

The beater assembly detaches so the trailer can be used to haul rocks or gravel.

The 15-tonne spreader with side extensions can unload solid manure in the field in 90 seconds.

Amazone GZ-TS 01

This new granular applicator maintains precision spread at rates ranging from 7.5 pounds per minute up to 1,400 lb. per minute. It can put down 500 lb. per acre across a 120-foot spread travelling at 14 mph. The combination of low-speed discs and long vanes can throw granules up to 354 feet on each pass.

Allowing for the deliberate overlap on 177-foot tramlines, the new machine ensures uniformity over the entire 177 foot width.

The Amazone Argus system in the ZG-TS manages 128 sections for precise variable rate application. To compensate for field boundaries, the machine automatically optimizes the outside spread by changing disc speed and vane length. | Ron Lyseng photo

The Amazone Argus management system uses radar to monitor the throwing direction and distance of every granule, then automatically steers the dropping point of each disc to maintain precise application in windy conditions and on side slopes. The system manages 128 sections for precise variable rate.

To compensate for field boundaries, the machine automatically optimizes the outside spread by changing disc speed and vane length. The spreader is available with either a 265 cu. feet or a 353 cu. feet hopper.

RoGator AirMax Precision R1/R2

This all-new spreader has been designed from scratch specifically with a tight focus on the 4R principles of nutrient management: right fertilizer source, right rate, right time and right place.

The new AirMax spreader has been designed from scratch specifically with a tight focus on the 4-R principles of nutrient management: right fertilizer source, right rate, right time and right place. | Ron Lyseng photo

The AirMax allows low-rate or high-rate with independent control of each conveyor for turn compensation and precise application. The hopper holds 31 percent more product, with a single bin for the R1 or a twin-bin for the R2. The R2 can have a 50/50 split or a 60/40 split. The 70-foot booms are located low in the transit mode for better visibility and safety.

JD F4365 High-Capacity Self-Propelled Nutrient Applicator

There are times when the “right time” becomes the most important of the 4Rs in nutrient management. Rapidly changing conditions can necessitate long hours and higher ground speeds. But all this has to be accomplished with a minimum of soil compaction and maximum precision of product application.

With a transit speed of 46 mph and a workable ground speed of 30 mph with a 70-foot boom, the new self-propelled JD F4365 is designed for producers who have a lot of acres to cover. | Ron Lyseng photo

Here’s a spreader than can help if you often find yourself in that predicament. The new JD F4365 self-propelled applicator can run at 30 mph ground speed while accurately applying granular through a 70-foot boom. Road speed between fields is 46 mph. The twin-bin 300 cu. foot hopper allows variable rate of two products simultaneously. The AB485 air boom is made of stainless steel.

Salford Valmar 9620

With a hopper capacity of 660 cu. feet, the 9620 is the largest pull-type spreader in the world. The machine can cover up to 110 acres per hour with a 72-foot swath. The boom is fully hydraulic, including suspension and folding and locking. The three-inch diameter stainless steel tubes are also hydraulically suspended.

A 20-ton walking beam tandem axle provides stable operation at high speeds.

With a hopper capacity of 660 cubic feet, the Salford 9620 is the largest pull-type spreader in the world. The machine can cover up to 110 acres per hour with a 72-foot swath. | Ron Lyseng photo

The DigiStar weigh scale is standard equipment and the spreader is ready for variable rate and section control. A secondary hopper lets the operator apply micro-nutrients and crop protection products while spreading bulk fertilizer.

Salford BBI Sniper

With the largest capacity of any single-axle top-dress spreader on the market, the Sniper has a wide 120-foot spread with a 12-section pattern control that meets conventional controlled traffic farming standards of 120-foot or 36 metre-wide patterns.

The automatic spread pattern adjustment and swath control reduce over application and minimize spreading into environmentally sensitive areas.

With a 120-foot wide spread, the Salford BBI Sniper has the largest capacity of any single-axle top-dress spreader on the market. | Ron Lyseng photo

Three independent, automatically adjusted, application control systems give optimum response time to prescription controls. The DigiStar scale in conjunction with the dynamic metering system turns prescription map instructions into precise on-the-ground application.

One significant advantage of the Sniper is the high clearance adjustable axle that ranges from 90 to 120 inches, allowing for in-season application. The self-contained continuous-duty hydraulics platform allows maximum tractor compatibility.

Agriterra Agri-Spread

The versatile AS170-T is designed to deliver a variety of products including granular fertilizer, compost, lime, humic acid and manure.

The stainless steel bin has a capacity of 17 cu metres. The machine is capable of spreading beyond 120 feet while maintaining uniform coverage. The company provides a European Union test kit to check the spread pattern.

Farmers with a lot of hills will appreciate the fact that Agri-Spread is one of the few spreaders built with steerable axles for better following on side slopes and less scrubbing in the headlands. | Ron Lyseng photo

The Agri-Spread is ISO compatible, can do variable rate and has a border control feature.

The machine handles rates from one pound per acre up to 10 tons per acre. On-the-go rate calibration is available.

It’s one of the few spreaders built with steerable axles for better following on side slopes and less scrubbing in the headlands.

Sulky Econov

This applicator is capable of precisely spreading 140 acres per hour at a ground speed of 10 mph. To achieve accuracy at that speed, Sulky engineers devised a system that divides the pattern into 12 independent zones, which turn on or off while turning or working around borders and potholes.

The automatic calibration feature coupled with 12-zone control system gives a typical spread accuracy of one percent to two percent.

Sulky’s automatic calibration feature, coupled with a 12 zone control system gives a typical spread accuracy of one percent to two percent. | Ron Lyseng photo

Working spread width is usually 110 to 130 feet. Three-point mounted spreaders are available as three and four tonne units. Trailer spreaders are seven, nine and 12 tonnes.

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