Amazone found innovative spreading system allowing application of two different products in one pass

While front and rear mower combinations have become the most widely-used pairing of fore- and aft-mounted implements that make use of a tractor’s hitch points at both ends, there is more scope for front and rear linkages and power take-offs to be used in combination for the purpose of boosting efficiency of operations.

That’s the suggestion from German fertiliser spreader manufacturer Amazone, which has revealed a new development that allows farmers to apply different crop nutrients in the same pass without the need to mix the products, thus avoiding the spread accuracy and application rate problems this can cause.

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Amazone says new technology which allows the control of front- and rear-mounted spreaders allows the simultaneous application of two different fertiliser products.

With precision application of crop inputs becoming ever-more important, and farmers being increasingly pressured when it comes to timeliness of field operations, the development, which allows spreaders to be simultaneously mounted and managed on both the front and rear linkages of a tractor, could provide significant gains in both areas, suggests Amazone.

The system, which is suited to the firm’s ZA-V and ZA-TS machines, allows single-pass spreading of two different types of fertiliser. The company says that, when compared to the spreading of blended fertilisers through just one spreader, this option allows each spreader to be set up optimally for the properties of the relevant fertiliser, thus achieving the ideal lateral distribution for each product.

When a mounted spreader is fitted to the front of a tractor, the spreading unit is then not directed to the rear, but to the front. This means that when operating the spreader, the operator needs to think of everything as a mirror image. To remove this necessity, Amazone has developed in-house software for the front mounting of spreaders where the spreading functions are displayed in reverse.

In this way, even when side, border or water course spreading, the spreader can be switched on at the correct side without an issue, suggests the firm. The software also mirrors the optional SwitchPoint on/off points, overcoming the issue on a front mounted spreader of the spread fan being pushed ahead of the machine so that the relevant switching point has to be positioned way in front of the spreader.

Transporting a front mounted spreader on the road obviously has implications for compliance with legal requirements regarding traffic safety. In the main this includes the necessary road lighting and adherence to the relevant rules regarding line of sight, both of which Amazone says it has addressed. The firm offers an in-house lighting kit consisting of clear front side lamps plus additional headlights, to ensure not only that the tractor driver has unimpeded illumination despite the fact the tractor’s headlights are obscured, but also that other road users can clearly see all extremities of the spreader.

The ZA-V and ZA-TS mounted spreaders are available in hopper capacities from 1,400-4,200 litres, with the latter models being equipped with the new TS spreading unit, designed for working widths of up to 54m. The ZA-V spreaders, meanwhile, can apply material at up to 36m. Both can be controlled using ISOBUS monitor technology, if desired, and Amazone offers its own Amatron 3 terminal for tractors without their own unit.

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