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SA farmers visit our factories

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Airtec Australia and Ausplow representative Ryan Taig (left) and Aaron Smart flank Ausplow sales and marketing manager Chris Blight as they discuss market opportunities in the Eastern States during a factory tour of the company’s Naval Base and Cockburn Central factories this week.

Airtec Australia and Ausplow representative Ryan Taig (left) and Aaron Smart flank Ausplow sales and marketing manager Chris Blight as they discuss market opportunities in the Eastern States during a factory tour of the company’s Naval Base and Cockburn Central factories this week.

South Australian farmers Sam Kellock (left), Brandon Symes and Matt Parker, talk with Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM (second left).

South Australian farmers Sam Kellock (left), Brandon Symes and Matt Parker, talk with Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM (second left).

Airtec Australia and Ausplow sales representative Ashley Smart (left), Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM, South Australian farmer Sam Park and Nutrian director Dave Seagreen.

Airtec Australia and Ausplow sales representative Ashley Smart (left), Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM, South Australian farmer Sam Park and Nutrian director Dave Seagreen.

The farmer group check out the evolution of the DBS tine assemble over the past 20 years.

The farmer group check out the evolution of the DBS tine assemble over the past 20 years.

The farmer group check out the evolution of the DBS tine assemble over the past 20 years.

The farmer group check out the evolution of the DBS tine assemble over the past 20 years.

Our South Australian and New South Wales sales representatives Ashley Smart and his son Aaron, last week led a 16-strong group of South Australian farmers across the Nullabor to visit the company’s factories in Naval Base and Cockburn Central this week.
Most of the farmers were DBS owners with a few interested in assessing the products before committing to a purchase.
According to Ashley, the trip was a great success.

“This is our tenth time we have organised such a trip,” he said.
“It’s always good for farmers to see where there machines are built and to speak with the engineers, welders and general staff,” he said. “It builds up a solid relationship with Ausplow which has a great reputation for service back-up as well as building quality products that last.
“The guys were very impressed with the Naval Base sheds, particularly the new blast and paint booths.”

Ashley and Aaron, who also are directors of Airtec Australia, makers of low-drift spray nozzles, also included their latest employee in the tour – Ryan Taig, who is the Airtec and Ausplow sales representative for New South Wales.
“It has been a great opportunity for me to meet the Ausplow staff and put faces to names,” he said. “I’m very keen to expand Ausplow’s market share in New South Wales and it’s good to talk about how the company can respond to the needs of farmers over our way.
“The big thing I noticed over here is that you guys are very much leading the way in crop establishment techniques and the DBS has certainly got a lot to offer our guys.”

Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM was on hand to talk with farmers and join in an informative session on nutrient management, led by Ausplow researcher and Nutrian director Dave Seagreen.

Boekeman Machinery visit Ausplow's factory

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Boekeman Machinery Wongan Hills sales and marketing representative Ben Boekeman (centre) is flanked by Kondut farmers Peter and Tyler Latham as they discuss the Ausplow factory tour.

Boekeman Machinery Wongan Hills sales and marketing representative Ben Boekeman (centre) is flanked by Kondut farmers Peter and Tyler Latham as they discuss the Ausplow factory tour.

Boekeman Machinery Dalwallinu sales representative Matt Joyner (left) with Dalwallinu farmers Murray White and Dion Mangini.

Boekeman Machinery Dalwallinu sales representative Matt Joyner (left) with Dalwallinu farmers Murray White and Dion Mangini.

Boekeman Machinery marketing manager Tim Boekeman (right) with the company’s product support representative Brett Asphar (left), and Wannamal farmers Nick and Max Smith, who recently ordered a 36 foot (10.9m) DBS.

Boekeman Machinery marketing manager Tim Boekeman (right) with the company’s product support representative Brett Asphar (left), and Wannamal farmers Nick and Max Smith, who recently ordered a 36 foot (10.9m) DBS.

The Boekeman Machinery tour group outside the factory yesterday after completing a walk-through of all the manufacturing processes. The group later were given a briefing on Ausplow products and the company’s vision along with the opportunity to ask questions.

The Boekeman Machinery tour group outside the factory yesterday after completing a walk-through of all the manufacturing processes. The group later were given a briefing on Ausplow products and the company’s vision along with the opportunity to ask questions.

Ausplow’s production manager Gary Andrews (centre) explains the sand-blasting process to the Boekeman Machinery tour group. This state-of-the-art booth ensures a smooth finish to components before painting.

Ausplow’s production manager Gary Andrews (centre) explains the sand-blasting process to the Boekeman Machinery tour group. This state-of-the-art booth ensures a smooth finish to components before painting.

Boekeman Machinery representatives visited the company’s Naval Base factory yesterday along with 25 of its customers, mostly DBS owners and interested farmers.
The dealership, which is one of Ausplow’s biggest, has made it an annual fixture to provide farmers with an opportunity to meet the people who make the machines they buy.
They also are taken on a tour of the factory and shown the complete manufacturing process, from raw steel to the finished product, which takes in fabricating, welding, sand-blasting and painting.
According to Boekeman’ s Tim Boekeman, representatives and customers from the dealership’s Northam, Wongan Hills and Dalwallinu branches attended the day.
“We are big supporters of WA manufacturers and at Ausplow, they take the time to listen to customers’ needs and feedback,” he said.
“On this trip, DBS owners met one of the welders who had been with the company for 10 years.
“It was very apparent just how much emphasis the Ausplow staff place on quality build and quality control and our customers were very impressed.
“Having the manufacturer in the same State is a big plus because these sort of trips build relationships and reinforce to our customers timely after sales service.”
According to Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer, several of those attending were new DBS owners or had recently placed an order for 2019.
“We have a very healthy build program for next year,” he said. “We’re out to Christmas already and we’re telling everybody that to guarantee product delivery by seeding next year, orders need to come in now.
“I know we say that every year but it’s important we maintain a manufacturing process that is not rushed and one that is geared to customer needs.
“It does take time because of all the processes that have to come together, including the major one of the supply chain.
“We need to order ahead to ensure we have the right components at the right time and that’s the way the industry now operates.
“I would encourage anybody thinking of purchasing a DBS, Multistream or Easitill deep ripper, for 2019, to talk with their dealer about their requirements.
“A forward order guarantees a delivery date and we have incentives for early ordering.”

Cunderdin students visit Ausplow's factory

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WA College of Agriculture students are shown over Ausplow's state-of-the-art factory at Naval Base.

WA College of Agriculture students are shown over Ausplow's state-of-the-art factory at Naval Base.

Students gather round to hear how stages of manufacture are accomplished.

Students gather round to hear how stages of manufacture are accomplished.

A total of 19 WA College of Agriculture, Cunderdin students witnessed the latest in precision seeding technology on a tour of the Ausplow factory in Naval Base this week.

The factory tour included a visit to the welding, fabrication, blast and painting assembly areas. The design principles and benefits of the DBS, or Deep Blade System, was explained to the students by Ausplow General Manager Chris Farmer.

Chris explained how the DBS knife blade, closing tool and press wheel assembly were designed to achieve sub-soil cultivation, precision seed placement and enhanced water harvesting.

Students were particularly fascinated with the use of 3D printers in the design process of the component parts and the state-of-the-art blast and paint areas.

“Students were extremely engaged and it gave them a better understanding of the DBS bar and tank that we use for the College seeding programme,” College technical officer Shane Childs said.

“One of the students was particularly interested to understand the process, as his family farming enterprise had recently ordered a DBS Multistream airseeder”.

Students were also able to speak to engineering staff on pathways for career development post-secondary education.

A visit to the CBH Grain Handling facility and Museum in Kwinana followed the Ausplow factory tour.

According to Chris, Ausplow is an enthusiastic participant in promoting education of the industry to encourage young people in career pathways.

“It’s an exciting and important industry and the students were very impressed to see the technologies we use as a manufacturer,” he said. “I think it also is important that they see a WA manufacturer playing a major role in the Australian industry.”

Evolution of the DBS

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Service manager Ray Beecham (left) and sales and marketing manager Chris Blight have played pivotal roles in the development of the DBS module over the years.

Service manager Ray Beecham (left) and sales and marketing manager Chris Blight have played pivotal roles in the development of the DBS module over the years.

By JOHN RYAN AM
This year marks more than 25 years since I developed the DBS, or Deep Blade System.
Today, it’s an accepted and widely adopted precision seeding tool, with basically no change to the original idea of cultivation below the seed, a closing tool to establish a firm seedbed and following press wheel for that vital seed-soil contact (the three-slot system).
But it’s history of evolution has never been told until now.
As you can see from the photographs, there has been many changes from the prototype, which is testament to mainly farmer ideas and Ausplow’s research and development team.
The original DBS, which was designed around 1992, comprised a simple spring-operated C-shank, attached to which was a parallelogram ‘rib’ designed with a knife blade, fertiliser tube and closing plate, and a seed hose holder and press wheel, to ‘tamp’ or firm the soil, as well as controlling seeding depth.
It was a system that meant each seeding unit operated independently of the bar’s ground-following capabilities, ensuring an almost constant position for accurate seed placement.
I trialled this unit on several combine seeders and it soon became apparent changes were needed, including dispensing with the heavy-duty springs and adding hydraulics.
The springs produced too much ‘chatter’ which meant poor seed placement, particularly on breakout – a common complaint by all farmers in those days, who operated seeding bars with spring tines.
We also found the press wheel lacked suitable pressure for a range of soil types and in wet conditions “attracted” a lot of mud build-up, rendering it fairly useless to control seeding depth.
So from the prototype, we progressed to the commercial Version 1 of the DBS, with serial number 001 being sold to Esperance farmer, the late Ross Whittle.
Version 1 was fitted to a 9.1m (30ft) DBS bar with modules far beefier in design, with the addition of a solid seeding tube to better protect the seeding hose and prevent ‘blocking’, which also was a common complaint with all bars in those days.
Our selection of knife blade lengths went from 17.5cm (7in) to 22.5cm (9in).
The press wheel was changed to a larger rounded tyre (70mm diameter) and fitted with a mud scraper. The closing tool also was widened to 60mm to push more soil into the trench to alleviate seed falling in too deep.
But the biggest change was the addition of hydraulics, which provided the necessary down pressure to keep the knife blade in the soil – a feature early DBS owners said allowed them to confidently tackle compacted paddocks and duplex soil conditions, particularly gravelly outcrops.
It led South Australia farmer Brendon Smart to declare that DBS stood for, ‘Digs Big Stones’.
We fitted a 10-litre accumulator to the bar with one check line.
A total of 89 Version 1 bars were sold between 1995 and 1997, in a period marked by enormous competition from mainly Canadian manufacturers.
In 1998, we released Version 2, which saw an important change in designing a longer fertiliser boot to improve profiling and consistency of fertiliser placement – on Version 1 the fertiliser boot was too high and in some soil conditions, sand would flow back into the trench before the fertiliser.
We also improved the mud scraper and built-in check valves on every cylinder.
Also we added another 20L accumulator to accommodate the increased width of the bar (now double fold), and to better handle rocky conditions.
That became a very successful bar with an exponential increase in sales throughout Australia over an eight year period.
In 2002 we completed the prototype of the Multistream, which provided us with a unique seeding rig capable of liquid injection (See separate story).
The evolution of the DBS continued with Version 3 being introduced in 2007.
This saw a new jump cylinder with aluminium pistons, purposely designed to reduce the overall weight of the bar, along with the introduction of stainless steel seed and fertiliser tubes.
And we replaced the mild steel brackets with ‘Hardox’ steel, which is part of the Bissaloy family.
We also extended the parallel side arms attaching the press wheel by 50mm (2in) to provide a bigger gap between the press wheel and the knife blade to improve material flow. And we ‘flanged’ the side arms, again creating more space but also strengthening the side arms. The mud scraper arm also was lengthened to intercept mud earlier.
And we provided a choice of press wheel widths of 50mm, 70mm (2.8in) and 90mm (3.6in) while retaining the 300mm (12in) diameter. Additionally we released a Vee-shaped press wheel which was 370mm (14.8in) in diameter, with a 70mm width.
By 2014, more ideas by our research and development team saw our current Version 4 begin to crystalise.
This included a concept from our sales and marketing manager Chris Blight, we now call the Pro-D tool system.
The Pro-D effectively replaced nine blades with one because of the depth adjustments possible between 15cm (6in) and 22.5cm (9in). This vastly increased flexibility to handle a range of soil types.
And our South Australian representative Ashley Smart also weighed in on the Version 4 with a suggestion for vertical support arms holding the press wheel, to eliminate ‘catching’ and soil build-up caused by the horizontal support arms.
Ashley was a major influence in our design changes and the result provided more space between the press wheel and support attachments to virtually eliminate mud build-up in sticky clay soils, predominately in New South Wales but occurring in patches in South Australia and Victoria.
A simple change from horizontal support arms to the vertical position and placing the mud scraper lower on the wheel for a quicker “attack” at the mud”, essentially solved a problem that Ashley raised with Ausplow.
So by 2016 we had the Version 4, the most significant change to the DBS module since its inception.
Apart from the Pro D and press wheel changes, we made it liquid-ready with the addition of a Friction Flow hose kit providing the ability for three different placements of liquid product, while opening up the rate of delivery to between 30 litres a hectare to 100L/ha to cater for variable rate applications.
We believe the Version 4 now offers a lot more functionality in a range of soil conditions and, of course, represents a huge improvement from when I first started with the prototype.
Our latest addition to the Version 4 is a rounded 135mm (5.3in) diameter press wheel which provides better flotation is deep ripped country and softer soil conditions.
Interestingly, we are finding a lot of interest among existing DBS owners in retro-fitting our Version 4 modules to their old bars.
Current R&D involves on-going trialling with our pair row boot to ensure it meets the standard required by owners and on the drawing board is a sectional control delivery system for granular and liquid products.
Yes, there will be a Version 5 of the DBS, and it will be the result of our continued listening and talking with DBS owners.
I would be happy to hear from anybody who would like to communicate with me via email at john@ausplow.com.au
Good luck for the 2018 season and let’s hope it’s a bin buster.

New DBS owners take factory tour

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Ausplow product manager Gary Andrews talks with a group of DBS owners about the production flow at the start of the tour.

Ausplow product manager Gary Andrews talks with a group of DBS owners about the production flow at the start of the tour.

Simone (left)and Levis MacKenzie talk with Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer about production schedules. Levis is manager of Daybreak Cropping at West River, and was looking forward to seeing the progress of a new DBS and Multistream ordered by Daybreak Cropping. “It’s being assembled at Cockburn and should be ready for the seeding season,” he said.

Simone (left)and Levis MacKenzie talk with Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer about production schedules. Levis is manager of Daybreak Cropping at West River, and was looking forward to seeing the progress of a new DBS and Multistream ordered by Daybreak Cropping. “It’s being assembled at Cockburn and should be ready for the seeding season,” he said.

Farmers Centre salesmen Ash Hayden (left) and Jakke Little with parts interpreter Jason Ramm. The trio are well versed in Ausplow products with specialised training from Ausplow staff.

Farmers Centre salesmen Ash Hayden (left) and Jakke Little with parts interpreter Jason Ramm. The trio are well versed in Ausplow products with specialised training from Ausplow staff.

Quality control was a big talking point during the tour with Ausplow production manager Gary Andrews (back to camera) explaining how minor flaws in this DBS cross section mean it is brought back into the blasting booth for re-treatment and re-painting.

Quality control was a big talking point during the tour with Ausplow production manager Gary Andrews (back to camera) explaining how minor flaws in this DBS cross section mean it is brought back into the blasting booth for re-treatment and re-painting.

Two ‘world class’ paint booths are the last stop in the processing schedule for DBS and Multistream components, which are then flat-packed for transportation to the Cockburn assembly factory.

Two ‘world class’ paint booths are the last stop in the processing schedule for DBS and Multistream components, which are then flat-packed for transportation to the Cockburn assembly factory.

Checking out a finished DBS section were Brett South (left), Beaumont, Farmers Centre salesman Sean Barrett, Des Chambers, Farmers Centre parts manager, Mark Tink, Ravensthorpe and Lyndon Mickel, Beaumont.

Checking out a finished DBS section were Brett South (left), Beaumont, Farmers Centre salesman Sean Barrett, Des Chambers, Farmers Centre parts manager, Mark Tink, Ravensthorpe and Lyndon Mickel, Beaumont.

About 30 new DBS owners from the Esperance district visited our Naval Base factory and Cockburn headquarters yesterday.
The visit was organised by our newest dealer, Farmers Centre, Esperance, with the tour party led by salesman Jason Wells.
According to Jason, Farmers Centre has received a positive reaction from local farmers as the new DBS dealer, after previous DBS dealers Ratten & Slater sold its business.
“It’s a great product which we’re also selling at our Ravensthorpe, Katanning, Lake Grace, Albany and Narrogin branches,“ Jason said.
“We thought it would be beneficial for owners to see how their machines are made and to catch up with the Ausplow staff to learn more about the company.”
Ausplow manager Chris Farmer said Farmers Centre had been quick off the mark to stock parts for the DBS and Multistream and had already made significant sales.
“The company has shown a very professional attitude and we are delighted Farmers Centre is part of the Ausplow dealership network,” he said.
“The company’s staff have all received product training and a big bonus is the addition of Jason Ramm as parts interpreter.
“Jason came across from Ratten & Slater and is very experienced with our products, so he provides part of which has been a seamless transition of our business to Farmers Centre.”
The group enjoyed an enlightening tour with Ausplow production manager Gary Andrews before heading to Cockburn to see how the DBS and Multistream were assembled.
They also talked with Ausplow engineers on a variety of topics, including research and development and gained an overview of changes to the DBS and Multistream from Ausplow’s national sales and marketing manager Chris Blight.

Ausplow goes solar

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Ausplow operations manager at Naval Base, Gary Andrews, checks out the recently-installed solar panels on the roof of the main factory.

Ausplow operations manager at Naval Base, Gary Andrews, checks out the recently-installed solar panels on the roof of the main factory.

Our Naval Base factory in Leath Road, has a new look with the addition of 200 solar panels, installed on the main factory roof.
It is a 75Kw system to provide complementary power to the main power grid and will help to offset power costs associated with production.
At peak time, there can be as many as 18 welders working full-time every day to meet our factory build schedule of DBS precision seeding bars and Multistream ‘multi-delivery’ air seeders.
The installation of the solar panels is in line with the company’s ethos of contributing to environmental management and taking advantage of renewable energy technology.
So far production for the 2018 season is on schedule and we will soon be welcoming many more new DBS and Multistream owners into the Ausplow ‘family’.
According to Ausplow managing director John Ryan, the company has started 2018 on a positive note with the upgrade at the Naval Base factory and he expects to have a lot of positive news to tell owners as the year progresses.
“We’re already gearing up for what might possibly be a record year of research and development through trial work to be established throughout our Australian market,” he said.
“As we have already said last year, a lot of trials will be held in partnership with Primaries CRT and the University of WA, via its Future Farm at Pingelly.
“Our partnerships with industry provides a unique opportunity for all parties to develop more cost- effective production strategies for farmers, which has always been a priority for our research and development team.
“I extend New Year greetings to all our owners and wish them the best of luck for the coming season.”

Hopes are high for another good year at Ausplow

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Ausplow Sales and Marketing Manager Chris Blight (left), General Manager Chris Farmer and Service Manager Ray Beacham.

Ausplow Sales and Marketing Manager Chris Blight (left), General Manager Chris Farmer and Service Manager Ray Beacham.

Josiane ‘Josie’ Sabouriaut (left), Mandy Tham and Kay Beacham.

Josiane ‘Josie’ Sabouriaut (left), Mandy Tham and Kay Beacham.

Ausplow Service Technician Dave Finlay (left), his partner Kady and Ausplow Managing Director John Ryan.

Ausplow Service Technician Dave Finlay (left), his partner Kady and Ausplow Managing Director John Ryan.

Borka (left) and Slobodan Rajkovic, who is an Engineer with Ausplow, company Assemble John Di Re, who celebrated 10 years service with the company in 2017, Procurement Manager Glenn Hubbard and Maggie Di Re.

Borka (left) and Slobodan Rajkovic, who is an Engineer with Ausplow, company Assemble John Di Re, who celebrated 10 years service with the company in 2017, Procurement Manager Glenn Hubbard and Maggie Di Re.

Tabita Adascalite (left), Ausplow Truck Driver Abel Adascalite, Rebekah Bautista, Ausplow Accountant and husband Reywin.

Tabita Adascalite (left), Ausplow Truck Driver Abel Adascalite, Rebekah Bautista, Ausplow Accountant and husband Reywin.

Ausplow Managing Director John Ryan and his partner Bernadette Turner.

Ausplow Managing Director John Ryan and his partner Bernadette Turner.

Ausplow celebrated its Christmas wind-up with staff at the Royal Fremantle Sailing Cub last Saturday night.

Company general manager Chris Farmer said that despite the difficult year, Ausplow had enjoyed good sales of DBS precision seeding bars, the Easitill deep ripper, the Multistream air seeder and retro-fits of the Pro-D tool system.
“Interestingly, it was a year when many DBS owners told us they wouldn’t have finished with a decent result had it not been for the DBS,” he said. “The ability of the machine to access moisture in dry conditions really shone through this year.”

Ausplow managing director John Ryan also complemented staff on their loyalty to the company and their continued positive attitude to farmers.

“Many of you are at the coalface meeting our customers and addressing concerns,” he said. “It’s so important we maintain that kind of sales back-up and service.

“I think 2018 will be a very exciting year for us as we move forward with new partners to expand our research and development programs.”

2018 orders rolling outing of factory

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Ausplow multistream m28000

Ausplow multistream m28000

Our flagship M28000 Multistream rolled out of our Cockburn Central factory this week bound for Albany. It was sold by Farmer’s Centre 1978 Albany and is one of many Multistreams heading to new homes for the 2018 season. 
Production has ramped up at all our factories and we are now out to late January and early February deliveries.

We still have some factory allocations available so please ring your local dealer to book a slot for your required machine or rig.
And remember, orders also can include our Easitill deep ripping range.

 

Ausplow creates history with collaboration

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Ausplow managing director John Ryan (left), the company’s sales and marketing manager Chris Blight and Nutrian director Dave Seagreen discuss the liquid delivery system on a DBS module during the factory tour with Primaries CRT agronomists at Jandakot this week.

Ausplow managing director John Ryan (left), the company’s sales and marketing manager Chris Blight and Nutrian director Dave Seagreen discuss the liquid delivery system on a DBS module during the factory tour with Primaries CRT agronomists at Jandakot this week.

Ausplow production manager Gary Andrews (centre left) and company general manager Chris Farmer explain the production processes to Primaries CRT agronomists during a factory tour that included visiting the company’s Jandakot and Naval Base factories.

Ausplow production manager Gary Andrews (centre left) and company general manager Chris Farmer explain the production processes to Primaries CRT agronomists during a factory tour that included visiting the company’s Jandakot and Naval Base factories.

Primaries CRT merchandise manager Fred Lyon (left), Ausplow sales and marketing manager Chris Blight, Ausplow general manager, Chris Farmer and Primaries CRT general manager Andrew Lindsay, pictured at this year’s Dowerin field days where last week’s  meeting and factory tour was finalised.

Primaries CRT merchandise manager Fred Lyon (left), Ausplow sales and marketing manager Chris Blight, Ausplow general manager, Chris Farmer and Primaries CRT general manager Andrew Lindsay, pictured at this year’s Dowerin field days where last week’s meeting and factory tour was finalised.

Ausplow design engineer Richard Woode explains to Primaries CRT agronomists. In the background are Ausplow engineering manager Carl Vance (left) and company production manager Gary Andrews (in doorway).

Ausplow design engineer Richard Woode explains to Primaries CRT agronomists. In the background are Ausplow engineering manager Carl Vance (left) and company production manager Gary Andrews (in doorway).

Ausplow this week created history with an official announcement of a collaborative research effort to progress liquid nutrients for improved crop and pasture establishment.
The company revealed it has been involved with liquid nutrient product manufacturer Nutrian and Primaries CRT since 2013 to improve a liquid placement system for the DBS precision seeder.
The announcement is historic because of the purpose-driven focus on integrating an efficient delivery system for liquid nutrients, in concert with trialling new liquid products with experienced agronomists.
It also heralds a new paradigm in the way crop establishment and nutrition in addressed.
Primaries CRT agronomists visited the Ausplow premises this week to familiarise themselves with the DBS/Multistream liquid delivery system.
They also took advantage of a factory tour and seminar to learn more about Nutrian’s liquid products and trial work involving Ausplow and Primaries CRT Gnowangerup branch manager Tom McInerney.
Ausplow managing director John Ryan said the event marked another milestone in the company’s quest to help farmers.
“This has been a long time coming,” he said. “We knew liquids had a future which is why I developed the Multistream in the early 2000s,” he said. “Adoption of liquids has been slow but it’s important all of us get it right and make it work.
“I’m very excited about the future of agriculture and as a company, we’re not slacking off.
“There’s more work to be done for this important industry.”
According to Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer, the company’s trial work so far has shown “we are on the right track”.
“And this collaborative research work with Primaries CRT and Nutrian fits the company’s strategy.
“We’re excited to be involved with people at the coalface because that’s where we started,” he said. “Our aim has always been to improve the soil for the benefit of crop and pasture production.
“And we were very keen to build a fit-for-purpose trial seeder that provided multiple methods of efficient product delivery to see what works in terms of all the liquid nutrients available.”
Primaries CRT merchandise manager Fred Lyon said the agreement would help to develop a “synergistic approach to in-furrow crop establishment and to enhance crop nutrition”.
“That’s why we have been working with Nutrian and Ausplow for the past four years in replicated trial work to assess the right products and delivery systems that can give farmers more confidence in using liquids going forward.
“There is a lot happening in this space and I believe in the future liquids will become a dominant management decision for broadacre crop establishment.
“We’re talking about seed dressings, fungicides, insecticides, nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and trace elements.
“So our trial program will be focused on how best we can help farmers improve crop establishment and nutrition.
“Ausplow has kindly given us a fit-for-purpose DBS and Multistream trial seeder to try different delivery placements with liquids as well as different products in-furrow.
“In addition we also have been given three DBS modules, each with a liquid kit, which will enable us to explain to farmers what we are doing.
“Each of our branches will have the opportunity to be involved in the trials and the modules will be displayed at our branches.”
Nutrian director Dave Seagreen said the research work was a ’game-changer’ for agriculture.
“Our trials have helped us identify a lot of efficiencies using our liquid products.
Nutrian’s main product has been Calbud, which is a highly concentrated fully water-dispersible liquid fertiliser containing optimally synergistic ratios of calcium, zinc, nitrogen and magnesium with trace elements, to ensure strong early plant development.
But in recent years, the company has released crop specific products such as Canola Bud, Lupin Bud with a Wheat Bud product in development stages.
Other liquid products include lime, gypsum, manganese, magnesium, zinc, pasture, wetters and trace (a high analysis suspension of manganese, zinc, iron, copper blended with kelp extracts).

Ausplow cranking up 2018 production models

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Four Ausplow Multistreams in production at the Jandakot factory this week.

Four Ausplow Multistreams in production at the Jandakot factory this week.

It has been a busy week at Ausplow’s Jandakot factory as four Multistreams are assembled for various customers throughout Australia.

The models represented are – the M14,000 litre capacity, M18,000L, M22,000L and M28,000L. According to Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer, August rains and a soft finish has injected a lot of positivity into the WA industry with a subsequent lift in inquiry.
While the news is not that great for Queensland and northern New South Wales growers, the bulk of grain receivals from this year’s harvest is expected to come from southern NSW and Victoria, with South Australia  still looking at a variable result.

“Overall we’re very confident of experiencing another solid year of sales,” Chris said. “I would urge growers to talk with their local Ausplow dealer or contact us direct to discuss their requirements for next year.”

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