Accurate, tailored fertiliser application plays a critical role in reducing costs and protecting the environment, and Amazone offers various technical solutions and services for optimising the adjustment of fertiliser spreaders.
Amazone TS fertiliser spreaders feature the tried-and-tested disc-integrated AutoTS border spreading system that has been designed especially for spreading along field borders. The added value generated by AutoTS, compared with conventional border spreading systems, can now be calculated using the company’s new border spreading calculator.
Amazone border spreading systems are not only precise, but easy and flexible to use too. AutoTS lets you select between the different border spreading processes – side, boundary and water course spreading – from the comfort of the tractor cab. Depending on the respective border spreading situation, different settings can be used:
- If the field borders onto land with a similar crop, 100 per cent of the application rate can be spread up to the edge of the field using side spreading.
- If the field borders on a road or public footpath, the spreader switches to boundary spreading. This reduces the maximum throwing distance to the edge of the field. This prevents fertiliser from being thrown across the border.
- If there are any streams, water courses, open water or other areas under ecological management in the direct vicinity of the field, the water course spreading option ensures the required distance is kept within the confines of the field. This helps protect the environment while ensuring the highest possible yield along the field boundary.
Amazone has tested the AutoTS border spreading system in practice for several years. In large-scale field trials, artificial field borders were created within fields to minimise the influence of external factors, such as areas of shadow, years of under-fertilisation or competition for water by hedges and trees. During these trials, the AutoTS system was compared to other conventional border spreading techniques under practical conditions, at a tramline width of 24m and the distribution of the total fertiliser quantity split across three passes. Calcium ammonium nitrate was used in each of the three applications.
The final yield suggested that there was a significant difference between these border spreading techniques on the outer 5m of the plots. Using a conventional border spreading system, an average yield of 68 per cent of the reference yield for the full field was achieved in the border zone. With Amazone AutoTS, an average of 85 per cent of the reference yield was achieved. This means the average increase in yield when using an Amazone fertiliser spreader with AutoTS is about 17 per cent, compared to conventional techniques.
By using a modern border spreading system, it is possible to generate increased income compared with conventional systems, even in small fields because the smaller or more irregularly shaped the plot, the greater the border area. By entering the yield and return for different crops, the Amazone border spreading calculator can easily calculate the added revenue that could be generated. As well as increasing yields along the borders of the field, AutoTS also helps reduce the amount of fertiliser applied outside the edges of the field, which helps protect the environment.
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