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Accurate fertiliser application critical

Farmers are being urged to consider fertiliser selection, application and monitoring, following dry seasonal conditions across the country.

Danny Tranter is an integrated solutions specialist with KUHN Farm Machinery and said the price of wheat has risen by up to 20 per cent in recent weeks, and fertiliser costs can be the make or break in terms of crop profitability.

“Often you won’t see any benefit from adding fertiliser to acidic soils or soils prone to water logging, however adding fertiliser to rundown pasture can lead to increased production and stocking rates and, ultimately, increased profitability,” Danny explained.

“Choosing the right fertiliser is also critical, as some fertilisers address macro-elements, like nitrogen and sulphur, while others will boost micro-elements, including copper and zinc.”

Danny said agronomists can develop fertiliser management plans, based on visual assessment, plant tissue tests and soil tests.

“They can also provide advice in relation to application timing to ensure fertiliser is added at the right time in the production cycle. KUHN fertiliser spreaders can also improve farm profitability by ensuring the right application rate is spread in the right place,” Danny said.

“Our new AXENT 100.1 spreader offers particularly efficient spreading precision on a large scale, enabling large cash crop farmers and contractors to control their application rate and maximize crop yield.”

The AXENT 100.1 is the first trailed fertiliser spreader on the market fitted with an EMC system, which continuously adjusts the application rate on each disc separately during spreading. Application rates are also adjusted by GPS.

“Poor application of fertiliser can result in poor crop performance and waste - the AXENT 100.1 ensures nutrients are spread evenly and accurately, resulting in better pasture performance,” Danny said.

“We also recommend farmers check their spreader for general wear and tear and regularly recheck the settings to ensure consistency of application.”

Danny said the AXENT 100.1 is revolutionizing trailed fertiliser spreaders and offers two machines in one.

“Typical large area fertiliser spreaders are either not capable of spreading lime or to do so greatly reduces fertiliser spread patterns and working widths,” Danny said.

“With the AXENT 100.1 you have one spreader with two different spreading modules, which can be interchanged via a quick-change system to spread either granular fertiliser or LIME. The machine also features fully automated filling and rear camera as standard.”

The KUHN AXENT 100.1 can be ordered now for the 2018 season, with competitive finance options available.
For more information and to learn more about the KUHN difference visit www.kuhn.com.au.

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C7EVEN Communications, Luci Smith
P: 02 6766 4513/ 0419 618 845
E: luci.smith@c7even.com.au