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The Season For Spreading!

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Feb 25, 2024 1:15:00 PM

The easiest and most sensible approach to maintain the longevity and health of your property while preventing weed growth is to fertilise your land. As it encourages crop growth. Although spreading fertiliser is not an extremely complicated task, a little work goes a long way. For a busy farmer, investing in a fertiliser spreader for this task typically equates to efficiency and significant time savings.


Spreader considerations

Rata Equipment's Vogal spreaders stand at the forefront of agricultural innovation, offering a cutting-edge solution to enhance precision and efficiency in the distribution of fertilisers. As a trusted name in the industry, Rata Equipment has crafted a range of Vogal spreaders that embody durability, reliability and advanced technology.

Designed to meet the diverse needs of modern farming, Rata's Vogal spreaders boast a robust construction that ensures longevity and resilience in the field. They are equipped with state-of-the-art features, including precise rate control and uniform spread patterns, optimising nutrient distribution for optimal crop growth.

With a commitment to user-friendly operation, Rata's Vogal spreaders incorporate intuitive controls and adjustable settings, allowing farmers to tailor their fertiliser application to specific crop requirements. The equipment's versatility extends to its compatibility with various types of fertilisers, accommodating the unique demands of different crops and soil conditions.

Rata Equipment's dedication to quality and performance shines through in every aspect of our machines, making them an indispensable tool for modern farmers striving for efficiency and productivity.

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 Rata Spreader options

Make the right fertiliser choice and explore Rata's range of Vogal spreaders to elevate your agricultural practices and achieve unparalleled results in crop management. Compile a nutrient management plan and perform a broad spectrum soil analysis to determine which fertiliser is best for a given crop's requirements.

View our range of products here-

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 Tips & Tricks

  • Fertiliser should have consistent characteristics to achieve an even spread, so check it before you put it in the hopper. Fertiliser can degrade with age, old stock versus new stock may need different settings. Blends can segregate during spreading and how you store it can have a bearing on the quality; we advise you to stack fertilisers no more than three bags high to prevent this.

  • Apply nutrients to your crops when they are most in need of them. Research has demonstrated that crops gain from a Spring application since that is when their need for these important nutrients peaks, ensuring a healthy start for your crops.

  • Pay attention to the weather! Your spread pattern may be affected by strong winds. Don't spread if it's too windy to spread! Watch the humidity levels as well. Fertiliser can absorb moisture on a wet day, which can alter flow rates. Sulfur products will accumulate on the vanes more quickly in damp or humid conditions than in dry ones.


Spreader maintenance

  • Because it will affect your spread pattern, regularly inspect your spreader for wear and tear. When necessary, replace parts and heed the manufacturer's maintenance recommendations.

  • Verify that the PTO shaft and the read-out on your tractor's screen match. Your spreader isn't running at the PTO speed you believe it should be because the readout is frequently different.

  • Clean the spreader regularly, both during and after use.

  • When you refill your hopper, pay close attention to and clean the spreader vanes each time. This is particularly crucial when applying fertilisers that contain sulfur. It is well known that sulfur fertilisers leave deposits on the spreader vanes over time. These deposits can build up or cause blockages, which will result in uneven spreading.

Get your settings right

The physical characteristics of the fertiliser dictate the proper spreading machine setting. The setting is especially influenced by the flow rate, bulk density, and particle size distribution.


Why it’s important to calibrate fertiliser spreaders

Calibrating your fertiliser spreader is important for both economical and environmental reasons. Calibrating a fertiliser spreader does not have to be hard or difficult, to make it easy we've created a helpful calculator that will tell you what flow rate you need to achieve your desired spread rate. Watch the video included in this link and follow the 4 easy steps to calibrate your fertiliser spreader!



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