FARMERS are being urged to check nitrogen levels in soils ahead of sowing.
One accepted strategy to combat a nitrogen deficiency is topdressing with liquid fertilisers soon after sowing, early in the season to maximise yields.
Liquid fertilisers have been found to be up to 10 times more effective than common granular fertilisers, greatly improving yields.
However, they are corrosive and need to be handled with the right equipment.
One Australian company, Australian Pump Industries, has developed a range of pumps for safe, fast and efficient pumping of liquid fertilisers like Flexi N and Cal X.
“We set out to come up with a product that was resistant to corrosion, had the right elastomers to prevent leaks and that wouldn’t react with the chemical being pumped,” said Aussie Pumps’ Brad Farrugia.
“Our poly pumps are endorsed by Incitec Pivot for use with their Easy N fertiliser,” he said.
The Aussie poly pump range, developed for ag chem applications like this, offer 2” and 3” self-priming centrifugal engine drive pumps that are cost effective, efficient and reliable.
Made from a polycarbon material developed in the USA for NASA, 30 per cent glass filled polyester, the pump is virtually corrosion free.
“Getting nitrogen into the soil now is crucial for maximising yields,” said Farrugia.
“Farmers looking to maximise spraying times are choosing the high flow 3” version for better efficiency.
“We even make a hydraulic drive version that can be plugged into the sprayer’s hydraulic system for fast fill ‘on the go’,” he said.
“Farmers are buying these pumps faster than we can build them.”
NITRO: Ron and Chris Andrighetto from Griffith with the 3” Aussie poly pump.