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Strong ordering surge for 2019

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Our first two pasture regeneration DBS planters have left our factory bound for New South Wales. We expect growing interest in these planters in 2019.

Our first two pasture regeneration DBS planters have left our factory bound for New South Wales. We expect growing interest in these planters in 2019.

A strong late ordering surge has fully tested our new manufacturing facilities at Naval Base.
And according to Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM it marks another positive step in consolidating the company as Australia’s leading precision seeding manufacturer.
“We experienced forward orders early in 2018 for the 2019 season and after the field days we took of a lot more orders, including for our new Multistream,” he said.
“I think last year really showed the value of the DBS with the dry start, particularly for farmers with big programs to complete within the ideal sowing window.
“I have spoken with a lot of DBS owners who tell me they feel more confident starting earlier even in dry conditions.
“And if there is minimal subsoil moisture there’s the bonus of getting the crop away quickly, setting up potentially higher yields.
“It is pretty well established now that the action of the DBS can create a wick effect to wet up seed beds which also alleviates worry about encountering a wet/dry scenario in the seed bed.”
With Multistream orders, John says it reflects the need of farmers to have a no-fuss machine to handle granular and liquid product deliveries.
“We got a lot of interest in the new model at the field days,” he said. “We have added a new air kit to enhance product flow to the DBS and our hose kit includes Friction Flow tubing, which has been a winner with our nano-size technology liquid products.
“And we also re-designed our auger with industrial-grade plastic flighting encased in a stainless-steel tube.”
The other new product triggering positive feedback was the Pro-D tool system.
“We had a lot of retro-fits to existing DBS bars and the feedback reflected several reasons for farmers switching over,” John said.
“Some wanted the easier working depth change for different soil types while seeding because it saved a lot of time while others saw value in changing working depths for renovating pastures or maintenance rips on deep ripped country.
“I have to emphasise the Pro-D is not useful for deep ripping but it can handle ripping with the nine-inch blades in previously ripped country.
“I see the Pro-D as an excellent tool for renovating pastures, particularly in the spring to create a flush of summer feed for livestock.”

Re-building soil key to sustainability

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Lush ryegrass biomass contrasts a love grass-dominated paddock (pictured below) on Greg and Sally Chappell’s Glen Innes, NSW property. The above paddock was renovated and reseeded with a DBS with ryegrass crowding out the love grass.

Lush ryegrass biomass contrasts a love grass-dominated paddock (pictured below) on Greg and Sally Chappell’s Glen Innes, NSW property. The above paddock was renovated and reseeded with a DBS with ryegrass crowding out the love grass.

Love grass-dominated [paddock.

Love grass-dominated [paddock.

*This is the second of a two-part series relating to Glen Innes, NSW farmers Greg and Sally Chappell. Part one was published here earlier this month.

GREG and Sally Chappell have created a living laboratory managing their Dulverton Angus stud, Shannon Vale, comprising 500 cows and 150 bulls.
It’s a template that can be assessed by all farmers and “re-jigged” to suit different rainfall regions and soil conditions.
Greg is not saying it’s the total answer for improving crop production and animal health but the evidence on his property is compelling.
True, his annual average rainfall is 875mm (35in), but in dry years he still manages good production, through his process of building up carbon levels to hold moisture.
Since 2008 he has been re-building soil through mulching weeds, manuring and using a liquid potassium (K) mix based on plant analysis.
It has been a slow process but having been involved in trials using a DBS and Multistream airseeder, he is now convinced of the system and believes the DBS is accelerating the process.
“I think by using the DBS and Multistream we’re on the right road because we didn’t factor in this type of deep tillage in the beginning,” he said.
“We’ve also introduced dung beetles to get those cow pads into the soil to bring up the carbon levels and we’re creating a worm environment.
“The dungies are our best friends. They bury the dung thereby breaking the worm cycle resulting in less harmful chemistry entering the soil destroying worms, microbes, etc.
“We’re getting less incidence of disease, less Buffalo fly and less drenching.
Dung pads also help break the Buffalo fly cycle and so are less harmful to ‘’low order life’’ chemistry entering our system.
“It’s our contention that if this chemistry “kills” lower order life, then it has to be having a negative effect on “Primates”.
Dung in the ground also means the nutrients are being positively re-cycled particularly potassium.
In January, Greg used the DBS planter to establish a forage sorghum and cow pea crop (for N in the silage), which is used as silage feed for the cattle.
“On our first cut we took off 14 tonnes a hectare which gave us 136 bales,” Greg said. “Last year we sowed with the aerator and only got one cut which gave us 129 bales.
“This year we got a second cut which gave us an extra 100 bales, which must be because the roots could get down into moisture from that deeper working with the DBS.
“Our usual method in planting the sorghum was to spin it (seed) out and roll it in with tyre rollers.
“With the DBS we’ve probably doubled our yield.”
According to Greg, the DBS has already proven itself by his three Rs analogy of renovate, rejuvenate and re-establish.
“Going forward the DBS will be a major component in our system”.
Greg has now ordered a 15-foot (4.5m) DBS on 10-inch (25cm) spacings with a mounted Multistream on the bar and liquid tanks on the drawbar to provide him with the capacity to switch between granular applications and liquids.
“It’s especially good for mixing up the K-brew, so we’re pretty happy with the machine,” he said.
“The liquids give us a chance to move forward with a balanced nutrition package being introduced into the soil, providing more benefit for high performance pasture growth.”
And a pleasing feature of the DBS, according to Greg, is that you don’t have to wait for moisture to start a sowing program.
“The DBS penetrates the subsoil and breaks up the hardpans and you can get moisture coming up to wet up the seed beds,” Greg said.
“It is our intention to use the DBS to establish and rejuvenate pastures that have been severely depleted as a result of erratic rainfall distribution, Corbie Grubs, etc.”
According to Greg, the benefits of the DBS include:
1. One pass function reducing operational costs.
2. The machine’s unique design enables it to break through existing plow pans thereby enhancing water and oxygen infiltration.
3. The machine can handle substantial trash levels enabling us to plant directly into existing, albeit, depleting pasture swards without using chemicals.
4. This enables the positive contribution from soil microbes.
“Let’s give biology a GO.” he said.
According to Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM, Greg is “bang on” with his system.
“I wouldn’t be put off by his story if you’re a more dryland grower,” he said. “Greg’s basic approach is true for all soils and all rain regions.
“We sometimes get fixated on how much rain we don’t get but the whole point of Greg’s system if you like, is to build soil structure so that moisture can be held in the root zone.
“It does take time, as Greg has shown, but it has to be remembered that if you build soil structure, it’s basically forever.
“And we know, moisture and air are the key factors in soil and plant health.
“If we get that operating, it triggers the increased presence of beneficial bacteria and microcrobes, creating the ripple effect of reducing plant root diseases and enhancing plant health."

Three Rs of farming: Renovate, Rejuvenate, Re-Establish.

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Ausplow representative Keith Ryan (left) and NSW farmer Greg Chappell examine a flourishing forage sorghum crop. Greg now gets two cuts which he attributes to the DBS> "It gave us an extra 100 bales, which must be because the roots can now access subsoil moisture," he said.

Ausplow representative Keith Ryan (left) and NSW farmer Greg Chappell examine a flourishing forage sorghum crop. Greg now gets two cuts which he attributes to the DBS> "It gave us an extra 100 bales, which must be because the roots can now access subsoil moisture," he said.

Regardless of your business model as a farmer, soil remains the cornerstone to success.
It might sound like a trite comment, but how many farmers, apart from yourself, do you know who are involved in liming, claying, spreading gypsum, deep tillage, spading or mouldboard ploughing?
All of the above, plus a few others, are all strategies aimed at improving the soil, whether it’s attempting to elevate soil pH, mitigate non-wetting soils or building better structured soils for increased water-holding capacity.
And many of the practices have become annual programs, emphasising a well-known fact in farming: There are no magic bullets.
It’s a phrase Glen Innes (New South Wales) farmers Greg and Sally Chappell know only too well, managing their Dulverton Angus stud on their home property ‘Shannon Vale’, comprising 500 cows and 150 bulls, with a further 400 cows on a neighbouring lease block.
The Shannon Vale property totals 3600 acres (1450ha) and when the Chappells bought property in 2001, following a ‘çareer’ in cropping at Moree, it was immediately apparent a strategy was needed to overcome a long history of eroded and compacted soils.
With an annual rainfall of 875mm (35in), it was imperative to take advantage of the available moisture and so began a program to improve the soil’s water-holding capacity by building up carbon levels.
The Chappell’s research showed that for every one percent lift in stored carbon, water-holding capacity was improved by 144,000 litres a hectare every year.
Initial attempts included district practice of superphosphate and nitrogenous fertilisers, chemicals, tillage and set stock grazing management.
But high input costs to maintain pasture production finally forced Greg and Sally to re-evaluate their enterprise and engage in a long-term strategy to get the soil back to a healthier and more productive state.
Weeds were the main problem, particularly African lovegrass, which had negligible nutritional value yet dominated over more palatable pasture species.
So 11 monitoring sites were established to measure soil carbon and soil pH.
The focus was on planned rotational grazing, use of organic fertilisers (composted feedlot waste) and no soil disturbance.
“Since about 2008, we have been re-building the soil by increasing organic and carbon content, through things like mulching weeds, manuring and using a liquid potassium mix, based on plant analysis,” Greg said.
Mulching weeds is initially started by slashing them a few days before removing stock. Little chemical is used, except for spot competition sites.
The herd becomes the mechanised process of smashing up weed ‘stubble’, including lovegrass, bringing it in contact with the soil where biological processes start material decomposition.
“It’s a long-term process but we’re seeing encouraging signs from our measuring sites,” Greg said.
“When we started we were below one for organic carbon and now it’s around 3.5.
“With soil pH it’s gone between 4.4 and 5.7 to 5.9 and 7.1.
“And now, none of the sites are measuring below 5.7.”
His explanation for the change, after a period of only four years, was simple: “We stopped single super (too much acid) and started manuring.
“Before we came, this country has truck loads of single super.”
Of course, there is more to it than that those remarks, but it does make a point about not locking into traditional ways and pushing barriers to discover better pathways of farm management practices.
What the Chappells have achieved in about 10 years has been substantial and has tipped the scale back into profitability. But in farming, you don’t rest on your laurels.
More recently Greg and Sally have been using a DBS/Multistream trial planter after becoming dissatisfied with an aerator seeding machine, which according to Greg, was “okay, but was adding to a compaction problem”.
Last year he established 84 acres (34ha) of pasture with the trial planter, using a balanced granular formula to plant ryegrass and Lucerne.
Greg was impressed with the result, particularly, the under seed cultivation and shattering of the subsoil, breaking up soil hardpans and encouraging water infiltration.
“We also sowed cow pea and we got some tremendous establishments, even when sowing into couch grass patches.
“We’ve created three Rs, with the planter,” Greg said. “We’re renovating and rejuvenating the soil, to re-establish pastures to improve soil health.
“And a healthy soil will produce healthy feed for improved animal health and growth.
“The energy off forage sorghum is about 10.6 per cent while the protein is about 15.8 per cent, so it’s a good outcome.
“And we get good weight gains around 1.4kg a day.
“We’ve got to get a two-year-old up to terminal weight and it costs,” he said. “But I think by using the DBS and Multistream we’re accelerating the process we started because we didn’t factor in this type of deep tillage in the beginning.
“And we’ve introduced dung beetles to get those cow pads into the soil to bring up the carbon levels and we’re creating a worm environment.
“The dungies are our best friends. They bury the dung thereby breaking the worm cycle resulting in less harmful chemistry entering the soil destroying worms, microbes, etc.
“We’re getting less incidence of disease, less Buffalo fly and less drenching.
Dung pads also help break the Buffalo fly cycle and so are less harmful to ‘’low order life’’ chemistry entering our system.
It’s our contention that if this chemistry “kills” lower order life, then it has to be having a negative effect on “Primates”.
Dung in the ground also means the nutrients are being positively re-cycled particularly potassium.
In January, Greg used the DBS planter to establish a forage sorghum and cow pea crop (for N in the silage), which is used as silage feed for the cattle.
“On our first cut we took off 14 tonnes a hectare which gave us 136 bales,” Greg said. “Last year we sowed with the aerator and only got one cut which gave us 129 bales.
“This year we got a second cut which gave us an extra 100 bales, which must be because the roots could get down into moisture from that deeper working with the DBS.
“Our usual method in planting the sorghum was to spin it (seed) out and roll it in with tyre rollers.
“With the DBS we’ve probably doubled our yield.”
According to Greg, the DBS has already proven itself by his three Rs analogy and, “going forward it will be a major component in our system”.
Greg has now ordered a 15-foot (4.5m) DBS on 10-inch (25cm) spacings with a mounted Multistream on the bar and liquid tanks on the drawbar to provide him with the capacity to switch between granular applications and liquids.
“It’s especially good for mixing up the K-brew, so we’re pretty happy with the machine,” he said.
“The liquids give us a chance to move forward with a balanced nutrition package being introduced into the soil, providing more benefit for high performance pasture growth.”
And a pleasing feature of the DBS, according to Greg, is that you don’t have to wait for moisture to start a sowing program.
“The DBS penetrates the subsoil and breaks up the hardpans and you can get moisture coming up to wet up the seed beds,” Greg said.
“It is our intention to use the DBS to establish and rejuvenate pastures that have been severely depleted as a result of erratic rainfall distribution, Corbie Grubs, etc.
The benefits of the machine include:
1. One pass function reducing operational costs.
2. The machine’s unique design enables it to break through existing plow pans thereby enhancing water and oxygen infiltration.
3. The machine can handle substantial trash levels enabling us to plant directly into existing, albeit, depleting pasture swards without using chemicals.
4. This enables the positive contribution from soil microbes.
“Let’s give biology a GO.”

Ausplow sets out exciting plans for 2019

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Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM and his partner Bernadette Turner welcomed guests at last Saturday’s annual Ausplow Christmas wind-up at the Fremantle Sailing Club.

Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM and his partner Bernadette Turner welcomed guests at last Saturday’s annual Ausplow Christmas wind-up at the Fremantle Sailing Club.

Former CSIRO soil scientist Dr Margaret Roper caught up with Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM. Pictured with Margaret is her husband John Hanratty.

Former CSIRO soil scientist Dr Margaret Roper caught up with Ausplow managing director John Ryan AM. Pictured with Margaret is her husband John Hanratty.

Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer (left) and marketing and sales manager Chris Blight flank Chris Blight’s partner Josianne ‘Josie’ Sabouriaut.

Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer (left) and marketing and sales manager Chris Blight flank Chris Blight’s partner Josianne ‘Josie’ Sabouriaut.

Ausplow service technician Dave Finlay (left) with assemblers Tony Kennedy and Neil Langford. (Ausplow marketing and sales manager Chris Blight is obscured on the left).

Ausplow service technician Dave Finlay (left) with assemblers Tony Kennedy and Neil Langford. (Ausplow marketing and sales manager Chris Blight is obscured on the left).

Ausplow engineering manager Carol Erasmus (left) and her mother Melody were kept busy with Carol’s daughters Aria (left) and Carley, who didn’t want their photograph taken.

Ausplow engineering manager Carol Erasmus (left) and her mother Melody were kept busy with Carol’s daughters Aria (left) and Carley, who didn’t want their photograph taken.

Enjoying the pleasant surrounds of the Fremantle Sailing Club were Ausplow procurement manager Glenn Hubbard with his wife Ann.

Enjoying the pleasant surrounds of the Fremantle Sailing Club were Ausplow procurement manager Glenn Hubbard with his wife Ann.

It’s onward and upwards for Ausplow Farming Systems, according to its owner and managing director John Ryan AM.
Foremost in John’s mind was the outstanding finish by most DBS owners who reported surprisingly higher-yielding crops than forecast.
“The dry start to this year again showed the value of the DBS in achieving good plant establishment even in dry conditions,” John said. “Deeper cultivation below the seed is paramount to ensure roots have easier access to subsoil moisture and this was the case this year with owners reporting crops hanging on and obviously accessing summer moisture that fell in January and February.”
John already is in planning mode for next year with several exciting trials already on the drawing board along with a ‘proof of concept’ trial which John says could be a game-changer for broadacre crop-establishment.
“I’m looking forward to another interesting year as we continue our journey with DBS owners to improve all aspects of crop establishment,” he said.
“We move towards 2019 with a very healthy order book which reinforces our leading position in the market.
“And our aim is to stay on top, driven by our growing relationships with our owners and our desire to improve our technology.
“I would like to wish my staff, the farming community, our suppliers and friends a very special Happy Christmas.
“It’s a special family I’m very proud of and I hope everybody enjoys a good break and re-boots for 2019.”

Ausplow moves ahead of steel price rises

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Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer checks over the latest delivery of steel at the company’s Naval Base factory this week. An astute ordering move means there will be no price increases related to imminent price rises in steel.

Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer checks over the latest delivery of steel at the company’s Naval Base factory this week. An astute ordering move means there will be no price increases related to imminent price rises in steel.

With recent news of an imminent price rise in steel, said to be around nine per cent, Ausplow has purchased six months usage of steel at old prices in order to beat the steel price rises and hence hold off price increases as long as we can.
We also have some availability for February, March and April deliveries of Auseeder DBS bars.
Unfortunately orders for our Multistream is basically closed for the 2018/2019 season.
“We have had very strong demand for both bars and bins this season and with harvest underway and seemingly going well we are expecting our order books to close out over the coming months,” Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer said. “We have hired additional production labour to keep up with the strong sales demand for next season.”

DBS and ProTrakker prove right combination

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Cranrook farmer Theo Cunningham (left) and Burando Hill salesman Michael Kowald in front of a healthy GD53 canola crop which was established in April . “We can achieve these sort of crops more consistently now we have a ProTrakker linked to a DBS and liquid injection,” Theo said.

Cranrook farmer Theo Cunningham (left) and Burando Hill salesman Michael Kowald in front of a healthy GD53 canola crop which was established in April . “We can achieve these sort of crops more consistently now we have a ProTrakker linked to a DBS and liquid injection,” Theo said.

Cranbrook farmer Theo Cunningham (left) and Burando Hill salesman Michael Kowald discuss the hydraulic set-up on the ProTrakker guidance system, which is connected to the Cunningham's DBS precision seeder. It's a system growing in popularity to establish crops in the previous year's rows without disturbing stubble.

Cranbrook farmer Theo Cunningham (left) and Burando Hill salesman Michael Kowald discuss the hydraulic set-up on the ProTrakker guidance system, which is connected to the Cunningham's DBS precision seeder. It's a system growing in popularity to establish crops in the previous year's rows without disturbing stubble.

By KEN WILSON
CRANBROOK farmer Theo Cunningham calls the ProTrakker guidance hitch, a game-changer.
It’s a big call but results on the family farm are impressive and Theo, along with his parents Twynam and Elizabeth are convinced it’s a new tool which can provide more consistent crop yields.
Their appraisal of the hydraulically-controlled ProTrakker was measured against a background of issues on the family farm which has moved to 70 per cent cropping (3000ha) mixed with carrying 10,000 sheep, including 6000 Billandri-blood breeding Merino ewes.

With a district average annual rainfall of 500mm, Cranbrook is a safe district, but there still remains non-wetting issues.
The Cunninghams immediately saw the advantage of the ProTrakker - in combination with their Ausplow DBS precision seeder - providing the ability to sow into the previous year’s crop rows without disturbing stubbles (so-called edge-row sowing) and thus overcoming non-wetting problems with the bonus of accessing moisture and residual nutrients.
“Non-wetting was a big reason why we bought the ProTrakker,” Twynam said. “And it also has given us the ability to sow to a date, whether it has rained or not.
“And that’s very important in this environment where getting crops growing and active before winter is difficult if you have too much moisture and low soil temperatures.
“But if you can get the plants away early, they will power away through winter.”
And that will go a long way to raising the bar on their crop yields.

The ProTrakker was bought in 2015 from WA distributor Burando Hill and after three seasons of use, Theo says the theory of the benefits of edge-row sowing is now solid fact.
“It has given us the ability to establish crops every year during the optimum growing window while minimising the risk of establishment,” he said. “That gives plants the chance to achieve their yield potential.

“Our average crops yields are slowly creeping up but the best thing is that we are now more confident in our expectations of reliably achieving 1.8 tonnes (a hectare) with canola, three tonnes with wheat and 3.5t/ha with barley.
“These have become realistic figures for our annual budgets.”
This year provided compelling reasons for the Cunninghams to use the ProTrakker.
Theo said their canola “went in on rain” on April 15 and germinated a week later.
“We didn’t get any more rain until late May but we put our DBS in at seven inches (175 millimetres) and we got a wick-effect by tapping into subsoil moisture.
“We got really even germination which was better than with the spring tine bar we used previously.
“I think the canola that went in on April 15 will be our best crop.”

Theo credits the combination of the Pro Trakker, DBS and use of liquid nutrient injection for the above average crops he will take off in coming weeks.
“I think the ProTrakker paid for itself last year and next year we’re thinking we’ll have the whole game together, using the ProTrakker, DBS, dual shoot and liquid injection” he said. “For us, that’s the meaning of precision farming.”

According to Theo operating the ProTrakker is an easy exercise.
“It’s a simple kit and it took us about 10 minutes to undo the normal hitch and replace it with the ProTrakker hitch,” he said.
Operating on RTK guidance, the hydraulically-operated ProTrakker ensures almost zero bar drift, meaning a sowing tine can be placed millimetres (sub-inch) away from the previous year’s cropping row.

Theo said it was noticeable the “easier going” operating next to old cropping rows rather than the harder inter-row of sandy gravel-over-clay.
“When the ProTrakker is not engaged, you can notice bar drift, particularly on hilly slopes, but when it’s turned on, you can look out the back and see the hitch constantly making slight adjustments to keep the bar straight.”

According to Theo, the ProTrakker will bring with it added flexibility, especially easily adapting to thicker straw in good years.
“We know we will always be able to sow alongside the stubble and dictate exactly where we want our seed to be placed,” he said.
“The trash control is another big feature because we want as much standing as possible to mitigate wind damage and enhance moisture capture.
“There will be a little creep each year but we will still be near the previous year’s furrow.
“In some runs when stubble is a bit thick and not running straight, we can adjust the ProTrakker to sow between rows to keep trash flow going.
‘It’s not a big deal but it means we’re not creating any bulldozing of stubble and I’d rather avoid that and wait until later to work out what we do with the line in that paddock for next year.
“Generally we just go back to the default setting of the previous year.”
(Courtesy Farm Weekly).

Ausplow factory note: A ProTrakker hitch with electrics supplied by Burando Hill is an option on Ausplow’s 2019 Series II Multistream.
In tow-between configuration, the hitch attaches to the DBS for RTK guidance side-furrow sowing.

Standout improvements on the Series II include a stainless-steel auger with poly flighting, which was a purpose design to greatly reduce or eliminate grain damage along with quiet running.
Enhancements also have been made to the safety ladder, step-over and walkway with the option for a range of light kits.
The pump station has been enclosed and is ergonomically positioned for ease of access and servicing.

It can be retro-fitted to existing Multistream models to convert to liquid or a granular-liquid mix.
And all hydraulic lines are laid out on ‘cable trays’ running the length of the Multistream.
All poly tanks easily convert from granular to liquid and there’s a lot of flexibility in product splits.
The Multistream is available with capacities from 6000 litres to 28,000L.

DBS shines showing benefits in dry sowing

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Boekeman Machinery Dalwallinu branch manager James Mitchell (left) and Buntine farmer Mike Dodd, discuss the Pro-D blades and leading coulters on Mike’s DBS precision seeder.

Boekeman Machinery Dalwallinu branch manager James Mitchell (left) and Buntine farmer Mike Dodd, discuss the Pro-D blades and leading coulters on Mike’s DBS precision seeder.

By KEN WILSON
HINDSIGHT always provides lessons.
And one that Buntine farmer Mike Dodd recalled recently was his decision to buy a seeding rig in 2008.
The context was that he was coming off a drought and money was tight. And throw in the Global Financial Crisis.
“I was in the market for a seeding rig and I was deciding between a 60 foot (18.2 metres) DBS and a spring tine 60 foot overseas model,” he said. “I went for the overseas model, with the bar, bin and liquid cart leaving $35,000 in my pocket.
“But I should have paid the $35,000 and got a DBS.”
The reason for that comment was that he bought a DBS in 2017 and it has taken only two seasons to see the benefits in terms of even crop germination and higher yields.
In 2016, he bought a liquid-compatible Ausplow Multistream air seeder to replace a tow-behind liquid cart and a tow-Between airseeder cart so it felt like a natural progression to add the DBS to the Multistream the following year.
“We generally dry sow at the start to get our program in during the optimum sowing window,” Mike said. “And in the first year the crop was very even and I’d never seen it like that.
“It was very obvious the difference between having hydraulic tines on the DBS as against the spring tines which tended to chatter in dry working.
“When it rained you’d see more staggered germinations which showed the variations in seed depth because of the spring tine and sowing boots.
“With the DBS, the parallelogram module gives you more scope in tight country where the press wheel and parallelogram can operate at a different angle but it doesn’t affect the set seeding depth.
“And having the ability to dig deeper without affecting seed depth is huge.”
Interestingly, Mike said there were no problems seeding with the DBS on deep ripped sandplain, even though it was fitted with leading coulters to cut trash and create a better stubble flow.
Tines spacings were 300 millimetres (12 inches) and the upgrade to the wider flotation tyres on the bar really helped.
“This did change, however, post-rainfall but an hour fine-tuning the bar level soon sent us on our way,” Mike said.
Coil packers were employed behind the Ausplow deep ripper so there was a measure of firmness in the topsoil.
“We’ve got the Pro-D blades so we can adjust them to work between seven and nine inches (175 millimetres and 225mm) and that’s easily achieved without compromising seed depth,” Mike said.
“We started dry sowing on April 19 this year working at eight inches (200mm) but I think in a few years we’ll be down to nine inches (225mm) because I think the deeper you can go the better.”
Having said that Mike admitted the deeper working caused canola seed to go in deeper.
“We should have used the canola boot,” he said. “We wanted 5-10mm but we ended up seeding at 15-20mm.
“It was slow away but when it rained it all came up and the germination was pretty even, though the deeper-sown stuff was probably a week behind the neighbour’s canola.”
With an opening rain on May 25, Mike said the dry sowing paid off with the crop now set up.
“We just need a good finishing rain,” he said.
Mike also is happy using the 19,500 litre capacity Multistream, with five tanks.
This year he used 50 litres a hectare of Flexi-N and considered the Friction Flow tubing kit supplied by Furrow Management Systems as “brilliant”.
“We didn’t get any blockages, which takes one less hassle out of the equation,” he said. (With kind permission FARM WEEKLY).

New upgrades to Series II Multistream

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Farmers Centre Esperance salesman Jakke Little (left) is taken on a walk-round of the Series II Multistream at the Newedegate Machinery Field Days earlier this month by Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer. Significant changes have been made for 2019 models.

Farmers Centre Esperance salesman Jakke Little (left) is taken on a walk-round of the Series II Multistream at the Newedegate Machinery Field Days earlier this month by Ausplow general manager Chris Farmer. Significant changes have been made for 2019 models.

Our new stability wheel is another improvement we have made to the DBS. It prevents the bar from digging in at the front and lifting up at the rear.

Our new stability wheel is another improvement we have made to the DBS. It prevents the bar from digging in at the front and lifting up at the rear.

Ausplow debuted its new Series II Multistream at the Dowerin and Newdegate field days and finished the events with a healthy inquiry list.
“A lot of people who came and saw us will probably order one if the season finishes well,” company general manager Chris Farmer said.
Standout improvements include a stainless-steel auger with poly-cupped flighting, which was a purpose design to greatly reduce or eliminate grain damage along with quiet running and increased throughput.
There’s reduced residual in the hopper for clean-out, along with a hydraulically-assisted and braked auger (with remote control) to make the auger easier tot operate.
Enhancements also have been made to the safety ladder, step-over and walkway with the option for a range of light kits.
The pump station has been enclosed and is ergonomically positioned for ease of access and servicing.
It can be retro-fitted to existing Multistream models to convert to liquid or a granular-liquid mix.
Another interesting option is a ProTrakker hitch with electrics supplied by Burando Hill.
In tow-between configuration, the hitch attached to the DBS for RTK guidance side-furrow sowing.
And all hydraulic lines are laid out on ‘cable trays’ running the length of the Multistream.
“All our poly tanks easily convert from granular to liquid and there’s a lot of flexibility in product splits,” Chris said.
“We’ll also have the capacity for liquid sectional control.”
The Multistream is available with capacities from 6000 litres to 28,000L.
Interestingly, when it was first released in 2001, it was the world’s first air seeder with liquid capacity. Today it’s a standard feature on most air seeders sold throughout Australia.
Chris also said there was positive feedback from customers about the commercial introduction of the stability wheels on DBS bars that were successfully trialed this season in dry and hard conditions to help reduce the effect of ‘wind-up’ in those conditions. Effectively, it prevents the bar from digging in at the front and lifting up at the rear.

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.”

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