Side Dressing is a common method used to apply fertilizer after the crop has been planted. Depending on where you live, that application might be liquid or NH3 being applied between the rows. Either way, SureFire can provide the system to apply the fertilizer with great accuracy.
Our liquid systems feature our industry recognized PumpRight, a hydraulic driven diaphragm pump paired with our SureFire electromagnetic flow meter. The PumpRight pump is a positive displacement pump that allows us to have a consistent flow per revolution. Suction is no problem for the PumpRight, this self-priming pump has over 15’ of vertical lift. It is an oil lubricated pump, so running this pump dry won’t ruin any seals. The EMag flow meter has no moving parts, so no need to worry about taking apart your flow meter to see what got jammed in the turbine. The EMag flow meter compensates for different viscosity fertilizers. With a turbine meter, you should adjust the flow cal to expect consistent accuracy but most people don’t because of inconvenience.
When it comes to plumbing your toolbar, there are several options ranging from standard plumbing packages to the LiquiShift. The LiquiShift gives you the ability to hit a wide range of rates and speeds utilizing our knowledge of metering tube and laminar flow. Whether you have a variable rate prescription map, or if you are just changing rates from field to field, the SureFire LiquiShift is the perfect complement to the PumpRight.
If you need to apply NH3, the SureFire Torpedo is for you. The SureFire Torpedo features a cooler that is stainless steel internally, preventing rust from starting in the cooler. NH3 is controlled by the slotted 120-degree servo valve giving us precise and accurate control. SureFire uses Continental A-360 splitters and manifolds. These manifolds use Continental’s patented step down injector technology, mixing and accelerating the ammonia to give an accurate split of vapor and liquid to each row. This technology gets us as close as 1 to 3% row to row accuracy.
There are many good reasons to side dress, but they all boil down to wanting to spoon feed nitrogen to your crop so you can achieve your yield goals. According to studies, approximately 60% of the nitrogen needed by the corn plant is from V4 to pollination, with most of that between V8 and VT. This makes it extremely important to make sure you have enough nitrogen available before the V8 stage to meet your yield goal.
Huge swaths of the country have experienced higher than normal moisture this spring. While rainfall is typically a good thing, if the ground is too wet for long periods of time, it can be harmful to your fields. Corn plants can become discolored, turning and possibly even remaining yellow this spring. This in turn, can affect your yield and ultimately your bottom line. Depending on many conditions, the yellowing of the plant may be a result of a nitrogen (N) deficiency. Side dressing is a common method used in areas that get an excess amount of rain. Leaching can occur in coarse textured soils with lower water holding capacity. By applying the correct amount of fertilizer to the plants, the problem can be remedied and your crops can be back on track to meet your yield goal.
This recent blog covers how to properly manage nitrogen application with specific SureFire Ag systems. Contact us today to learn more about using SureFire systems to treat your nitrogen deficient fields.