Pump­ing liq­uid

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

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.

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