Many of you are still focused on fall harvest, but it’s never too early to start planning your next move in farming. Experts agree, application of a fall anhydrous ammonia can be crucial for the Nitrogen necessary for your crops.
According to Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Fall Nitrogen fertilizer application success can be enhanced using anhydrous ammonia and applying in late fall after soils cool to 50 degrees F and are trending cooler. SureFire Ag’s Torpedo NH3 application system allows you to precisely apply anhydrous ammonia with unmatched capacity and distribution accuracy. The key features of this product include:
- High capacity delivery
- Stainless steel, fully assembled and pressure tested
- 120 Degree slotted servo valve for precise & accurate control
- Easily adjust the orifice on the vapor return to control excess vapor
- Industry leading manifolds offer 1-3% row to row accuracy
- Direct interface to most control platforms
- Complete systems available from anhydrous tank to the ground.
The Torpedo is the perfect match to ensure you are efficiently and accurately applying anhydrous during your fall fertilizer application. Click here to learn more about our Torpedo system.
Something else to consider when fall applying anhydrous is a nitrification inhibitor like NZone GL, N-Serve or any other nitrogen stabilizer that can further slow nitrification to nitrate. Instead of adding the nitrogen stabilizer to the anhydrous tank, take control of what and when you are adding by using a Spartan injection pump. The Spartan will allow you to inject the nitrogen stabilizer directly into the anhydrous flow before it splits to go to each row. This method offers several benefits like:
- Ability to variable rate your anhydrous and keep your nitrogen stabilizer product constant
- Ability to vary the rate on your nitrogen stabilizer to match your anhydrous application
- Ability to turn off nitrogen stabilizer for control strip
- Keeps corrosive nitrogen stabilizers out of your anhydrous tanks to help combat rust issues
Applying anhydrous ammonia in the fall can have the benefits of spreading out the workload, and economic incentives relative to fertilizer costs. This year when you go to the field, make sure you are equipped with a SureFire Torpedo NH3 system and a Spartan Direct Injection system to help take the headaches out of fall anhydrous application.
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.
It’s just plain common sense to apply the field’s fertilizer and chemicals at the same time as irrigation. It cuts down on labor, time, and waste. Do just that with SureFire’s new Marksman Precision Irrigation Injection system.
This revolutionary product applies the fertilizers and chemicals needed for the crops directly through the center pivots as you irrigate. Not only does it save you a step, it increases accuracy, reduces labor, and provides complete and accurate records of every application. Marksman provides producers and retailers a complete set of features not common in most fertigation and chemigation systems.
Spring is barreling down on us and chances are you’re in the thick of pre-season prep work in order to hit the ground running for planting and fertilization. As you begin to set up and test your SureFire Ag products, we recommend you begin testing with water first.
Using water, as opposed to fertilizer, in your initial set-up is crucial to test for leaks. Depending on the system you are running, there can be hundreds of fittings, clamps, and other potential exit points that may need to be addressed before you begin using the system in the field with product.
Tighten all hose clamps and push the tube in every QuickConnect fitting. Loose clamps or improperly seated QuickConnects may not always show up as leaks, but they can be a source of air getting into the system. Air in the system can cause unstable flowmeter readings and can contribute to check valves not holding.
Nitrogen management in agriculture is a hot topic today. Nitrogen is being discussed from practically every perspective:
- Lawsuits over runoff nitrogen in Iowa drinking water.
- OSHA rules (postponed for now) that would have a dramatic effect on the anhydrous ammonia market and availability.
- Additional knowledge from researchers, both public and private, on precisely how much and when crops need nitrogen.
- Precision ag services using a variety of new technology, from remote sensors on drones to super accurate weather, to generate prescription maps for nitrogen application.
- New and old nitrogen stabilizing products on the market that can provide farmers a positive return on investment while also benefiting the environment.
Nathan Franklin, a local Rawlins and Thomas County farmer, was recently recognized for having the highest yield in Kansas in the National Corn Growers Association annual contest with a remarkable yield of 305.8542 bushels per acre. He has entered a total of five times, beginning in 2011; this year marks the first time he won top honors.
SureFire Ag has long been committed to educating our customers in order to help improve efficiency and productivity. It is our mission to provide farmers with custom, compatible and complete solutions for the application of crop inputs. To accomplish this goal, our team has spent years doing this both in person and over the phone; but in order to further this goal, we’ve started a blog! Through this new platform, we will be sharing the valuable information and the experience we’ve garnered over the years to help our clients be better positioned to use our products and compete in this dynamic market.