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What’ new in… Fertiliser Technology and Spreaders: Agri-Spread Series

The AS2000 Series: Leading the future of precision spreading technology.

Originally published in Australian AgContractor Magazine November/December 2021 Edition

McIntosh & Son

The Agri-Spread AS2000 Series, now in its third year, is continuing to transform farming operations around Australia.

Currently used in their own farming operation at Waringa Farming, Waringa knows first-hand that Agri-Spread spreaders are leading the future of precision spreading. The features of the AS2000 Series encompasses the need for capacity, simplicity, accuracy, and durability.

Spreading fertiliser, lime, gypsum, manure, or mouse bait, the Agri-Spread AS2000 series delivers the target rate at the highest level of accuracy. It is independently certified to spread urea to 41m and lime to 15m.

The introduction of two new models in the Series, the AS2200(20m3) and AS2220(22m3) provides more capacity than ever before. Combined with the new Positive Drive conveyor system, which eliminates belt slippage, and the release of Sectional Control to minimise overlap, the AS2000 is one of the most competitive precision spreaders on the market.

With the positive Drive conveyor system, the underside of the conveyor floor belt is teeth moulded and runs over a matching cage roller drive system to ensure low noise, no slippage and precise application control.

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Agri-Spread is the first spreader manufacturer in the world to adopt this concept with the tooth belt design also eliminating belt stretching so it requires minimal tensioning and lower maintenance.

The Agri-Spread Sectional Control spreaders, available as factory option only, use two hydraulically controlled conveyors, in conjunction with GPS map data, to feed material onto independently controlled hydraulic spinners to give the most precise distribution of product where required.

Spreading for over 20 years on his farm in Freeling SA, farmer Peter Schirmer recently purchased an AS2120 with sectional control.

“No paddocks are ever perfectly square, and the spreader caters for product loss on headlands and general overlap; it is incredibly accurate,” he says.

The twin conveyor system gives the spreader the ability to change the spreading rate on either side of the machine in relation to the width and rate required, or completely shut off one side of the spreader with the touch of a button. Boundary and headland spreading is also a one-touch operation.

Section Control can be set for 14 section swath widths and is capable with fertiliser and lime. Most importantly, users can expect to see up to 5-15 percent reduction in their fertiliser requirements.

Kojonup WA farmer James Heggaton purchased a AS2150T Section Control spreader and says spreading has become a huge part of their program, and the new technology plays a massive part in his team’s overall business efficiency, “its sectional control has been fantastic for our business. Being able to accurately apply fertiliser on to the right part of the paddock is imperative to save money and make sure it has been spent in the right areas.”

The AS2000 Series is also ISOBUS/VT compatible, and each spreader comes complete with a calibration and test kit designed to assist with the correct set-up and testing of the rate, flow, and distribution pattern of the spread products.

For more information on the Agri-Spread range visit Waringa.com.au to find your nearest dealer or call 08 6154 5999.