Wednesday, 27 May 2020 13:34

Spreaders deliver enviro solutions

Written by  Mark Daniel
Bogballe spreader offers full range of electronic controllers. Bogballe spreader offers full range of electronic controllers.

Bogballe focusses on one product line, building fertiliser spreaders every day, with a history that dates back over 70 years and sees the blue spreaders made in Denmark exported to over 100 countries around the globe.

With farmers being required to meet ever toughening environmental standards nitrogen soil levels and water quality, the Bogballe machines incorporate several features to assist in reducing excess nitrogen application on fields and into waterways.

All spreaders are fitted standard with a border control mechanism which, when activated, changes the spread pattern to place the fertiliser only up to the border, thereby eliminating the problem of fertiliser exiting the field boundary or getting into waterways. 

 Bogballe also offers a full range of electronic controllers with section control and GPS integration. This helps control the placement of the fertiliser in the field by adjusting the amount or shutting the spreader off automatically when driving over previously spread areas. Automated Off/On functions when driving into and out of the headlands ensures there is no overspreading, alongside also offering proof of placement 

The company was the first to integrate a weighing system more than 30 years ago and claim to have perfected the technique. Weigh scales continuously measure the actual fertiliser in the spreader hopper and adjusts the flow rate leaving the hopper in relation to any change in ground speed or the flow of the fertiliser to maintain the target quantity (kg/ha). 

In operation, Bogballe spreaders use the “In-Centre” spreading principle whereby the spreading discs are turning into the centre. 

Each disc spreads fertiliser over a full 180 degrees overlapping each other, to create a double overlap on one pass. This results in a highly accurate and precision spreading pattern and placement of fertiliser on the ground. 

Compared to most other fertiliser spreader systems, with “Off-Centre” spreading formats, whose discs turn outwards, so each disc is only spreading 90-110 degrees, with no overlap on one pass.

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