Pöttinger adds a further innovation to its TERRASEM series of mulch seed drills: direct fertilisation. Using direct fertilisation technology enables micro and macro nutrients to be placed at the same time as the seed grain. Optimum growth conditions are created during the early phase of seed growth as a result, increasing the potential performance of the crop.
Fertiliser can be applied on the TERRASEM through a row of Dual-Disc Exakt coulters. This method involves placing fertiliser between each double seed row using the coulters mounted behind the compact harrow unit integrated into the TERRASEM seed drill. The fertiliser placement depth (up to 10 cm) can be adjusted independently of cultivating and sowing depths. The surface is then consolidated across the whole working width before the seed is drilled. The Dual-Disc Exakt coulter thus places a deposit of fertiliser in a perfect position to nourish the roots of the seed. Not only does this save fertiliser and minimise unproductive losses, it also promotes faster development of the root mass and contributes long-term to optimum yield.
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An additional advantage of direct fertilisation is that in difficult ground conditions only one pass is necessary, providing maximum protection of the soil. Plus, there is the advantage of being able to complete the full drilling and start fertilising process quickly and effectively in a single pass as soon as an opportunity presents itself.
The decision whether direct fertilisation should be applied depends mainly on the structure of the soil, the crop and the precipitation patterns in each region. Pöttinger fully supports the trend in direct fertilisation: in the face of increasing fertiliser prices, new types of fertiliser, new fertiliser regulations and environmental legislation, it pays to employ precision fertiliser management in future. With this method of applying direct fertilisation, Pöttinger TERRASEM fertilizer mulch seed drill offers the right process for a wide range of individual needs and operating conditions.
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