Spreader Calibration: Secrets to Perfect Fertilizer Distribution

Are you ready to spread fertilizer and ensure that every bit of it goes exactly where it’s needed? We’ve got you covered with some expert tips to calibrate your spreader and achieve optimum results.

Getting Your Settings Right

To begin, it’s essential to understand that the correct calibration of your spreading machine depends on the physical characteristics of the fertilizer. Factors such as particle size distribution, bulk density, and flow rate all influence the calibration settings of your fertilizer spreader.

Different types of fertilizers, or even the same fertilizer from various production plants, may require different settings. Always refer to the information provided on the fertilizer bag and adjust the settings accordingly whenever you switch to a different type.

The spreader manufacturer’s tables offer valuable guidance for finding the correct settings. These tables are based on tests conducted under ideal conditions in test stations and provide instructions on setting the spreader for even spreading at the desired application rate (kg/ha) and specific working width.

In the field, make sure to set the spreader at the appropriate height above the crop. This measurement can also be found in the spreader manufacturer’s tables for your convenience.

Fertilizer spreader calibration

Next, pay attention to the angle at which the fertilizer hits the disk. This angle determines the distance the fertilizer will be thrown.

Lastly, adjust the flow rate controller, as it directly influences the amount of fertilizer applied per acre. Follow the instructions provided by the spreader manufacturer to ensure accurate calibration.

To further optimize your spreading results, consider performing a tray test using your specific combination of spreader settings and fertilizer. This simple test allows you to fine-tune the settings, ensuring even distribution across the entire spreading width. It’s recommended to conduct separate tests for different fertilizers. You can either do this yourself or hire a fertilizer spreader calibration expert for precise results.

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With your spreader properly calibrated, you are now ready to spread fertilizer and achieve outstanding results. For more valuable advice on fertilizing, visit Ames Farm Center.

Rely on our secrets to perfect fertilizer distribution and enjoy magnificent yields!