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Spreading Canterbury operates a headland spreading
system on our spreaders
Spreading Canterbury is now operatng a system to allow
you to apply variable rate applicaton of your fertliser.
Gavin Palmer 027 487 5639
Let's get straight down to business
Smart technology: Spreading Canterbury covers a huge area and the success of this fertiliser spreading contractor
speaks for itself.
For Spreading Canterbury site
manager Gavin Palmer, significant
benefits have come from merging
his fertiliser contracting business
into a 50:50 partnership with
Ravensdown in 2008 -- benefits
which flow directly to his client
Partnering with Ravensdown, a
company which carries Spreadmark
credentials, means that when it
comes to spreading fertiliser,
farmers do not have to experience
costly and time-consuming consent
"That's a real positive we offer.
Because our systems and
management practices are
accredited, we circumvent the often
arduous consent stages and can get
on with the business of spreading,"
Technologies in the industry have
become so advanced that fertiliser
application is a science in itself.
Farmers in turn reap the benefit of
knowing that every application is
tuned to their specific pasture
True to its name, Spreading
Canterbury's terrain covers all the
plains area. The company's 10
sophisticated spreaders have
applied fertiliser over some 200,000
"June and July are our quieter
months. A bit of a breather before
we're back into it working six days a
week right through for the next 10
months," Palmer says.
He has found that tools they use,
including GPS guided positioning of
fertiliser, work really well for the
larger corporate farms where
owners could be situated anywhere
in the world.
"It means they can view the maps
and know with certainty that their
farm fertilising is exact."
With the backup of Ravensdown's
soil-testing expertise there is little
room for wastage or overspreading,
one of several benefits saving
farmers time and money. By
identifying and responding to
depleted pasture nutrient levels
productivity is increased; soil
sampling means only the types of
nutrients needed are applied to
pasture. Environmental benefits flow
because the potential for nutrient
run-off is dramatically reduced.
"We're just giving the soil what it
needs and no more."
Some challenges come with the
terrain. Intensive irrigation practices
in the Canterbury region can cause
substantial variation in pasture
ground levels, as Palmer explains.
"Centre pivot irrigation ruts are
becoming a real problem for the
industry as a whole, causing huge
health and safety challenges plus
equipment wear and tear. It's a
challenge we've just got to work
To meet the demands of a
growing business, the company has
recently added another truck to its
fleet. All equipment is certified.
Certification is a voluntary quality
assurance scheme with three
components to it.
First, the spreading equipment is
tested to ensure it meets strict
industry standards. Next, operators
are registered, having demonstrated
skills in equipment use and the
overall management of spreading.
Finally, training is provided to
ensure the drivers possess the
The ability to spread fertiliser at
variable rates plays through in
significant efficiencies for the
company and their clients. All
spreaders owned by the company
are equipped with variable rate
By blending Ravensdown's
expertise across a whole raft of soil
testing regimes and combining this
with the latest application
technologies, farmers are
guaranteed the best bang for their
''Feedback we receive from our
clients suggests the benefits of
working with this smart technology
become apparent within the first
year of using them."
Anyone wanting to find out more
is encouraged to make contact with
Gavin Palmer or one of his staff. The
company operates from depots in
Southbridge, Hornby and Rakaia.
co.nz or phone 03 324 2082.
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