Mor­ris air cart and ICT New John Deere chisel plow

A Mor­ris 9365 air cart and ICT is pay­ing div­i­dends for a WA farmer

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WA farmer Si­mon Chip­per knows his way around Mor­ris agri­cul­tural prod­ucts and its tech­nol­ogy, enough so he is re­ceiv­ing calls for ad­vice. His use of a Mor­ris 9365 air cart fit­ted with in­put con­trol tech­nol­ogy (ICT) has seen Chip­per field­ing queries about the ICT tech­nol­ogy from in­ter­ested farm­ers.

“We’ve had about five calls from other farm­ers ask­ing about ICT,” Chip­per says. “Dad got one at 6am on a Sun­day morn­ing – at least two of those ended up buy­ing one.”

Chip­per and his wife Sara, and par­ents Chris and Melody, farm wheat, bar­ley, canola and oats and ewes from the 2,900-hectare fam­ily prop­erty ‘Jim­bin’, in York, West­ern Aus­tralia.

The Chip­per’s Mor­ris 9365 air cart with ICT fea­tures a 12-me­tre (40-foot) con­cept bar set on 22.5- cen­time­tre (9-inch) tyne spac­ings with a sin­gle shoot boot ar­range­ment. The air cart com­prises two 6,400-litre tanks and an­other 5,000-litre tank used for Flexi-N liq­uid fer­tiliser, with the Chip­pers us­ing six ICT sec­tions, equat­ing to six 2m sec­tions across the bar.

Chip­per says af­ter three sea­sons us­ing ICT, he is con­vinced that in­vest­ing in the tech­nol­ogy was a great de­ci­sion for the fam­ily op­er­a­tion, as it saved them sig­nif­i­cantly on in­puts.

“We worked out the cost sav­ings in the first year of us­ing ICT, and in com­pound fer­tiliser and Flexi-N, we were sav­ing about $35,000, plus seed,” Chip­per says.

“Last year, the sys­tem would have eas­ily paid for it­self. It was bet­ter than what we ex­pected and af­ter the first year with it, we re­alised it would pay it­self off a lot quicker than we ini­tially thought.”

The Mor­ris ICT is de­signed to elim­i­nate over­lap and save in­puts by stop­ping prod­uct flow over the sec­tions that are not re­quired. The ICT works via GPS and the new Top­con X35 con­troller with the Mor­ris carts, us­ing the gear drive sys­tem for the me­ter­ing wheels to quickly en­gage or dis­en­gage, al­low­ing in­stan­ta­neous shut-off.

It runs in­di­vid­ual me­ter­ing wheels that can stop prod­uct im­me­di­ately; how­ever, the sys­tem re­mains primed with prod­uct and, as soon as it re-en­gages, it is back in the air stream.

The new Top­con X35 also al­lows op­er­a­tors to man­age and con­trol ap­pli­ca­tions via mo­bile de­vices such as tablets and smart­phones. The app and blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity pro­vides a mir­rored view of the in-cab mon­i­tor, al­low­ing cal­i­bra­tion of the air cart with­out hav­ing to re­turn to the cab to en­ter data.

The Chip­pers de­cided to pur­chase an ICT sys­tem af­ter be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned about over­lap is­sues, mainly due to ir­reg­u­lar, un­du­lat­ing pad­docks dot­ted with trees and rock heaps.

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