Tilco have just released a ‘first of its’ kind’ Deep Placement Fertiliser Rig that is specially designed for manure application. Typically, manure fertiliser is applied using a spreader and may be plowed into the soil, only reaching the top soil layers.
Tilco Manager, Sam McFarlane said “the unique design of the Tilco Deep Placement Manure Rig allows manure fertiliser to reach a depth of 16 inches using a shank system. The use of inclusion plates permits the soil furrow to be held open, allowing the fertiliser to reach sub soil depths.” “By placing manure at sub soil depths, you increase the carbon and organic matter content in the soil. This then increases the water-holding ability of the soil and improves soil quality over time,” he said.
The Fertiliser Rig was commissioned by Victorian swine farmer, James Hawkins. “We currently use minimum till on our farm and a liquid fertiliser system applied using a spreader. As a family, we have always innovated and are constantly looking at ways to better use our resources to achieve sustainable increases in productivity,” Mr Hawkins said. “The billions of dollars lost in lost potential in Australia due to soil sodicity, salinity and acidity is a huge driver for me to build a solution to help farmers get the most out of their soil.” “By using this new rig, we hope to increase our annual crop yield and pasture production by 25%. It will also reduce water logging and increase plant-available water late into the growing season.”
The Tilco Deep Placement Manure Rig is manufactured using four Hydra-Max shanks and tynes at one metre centres. It holds 16 cubic metres of manure and places 10 tonnes/hectare at a speed of 6km/hour.
Tilco have been working on a manure fertiliser rig design for many years after growing interest and increased enquiry from farmers throughout Australia.