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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).

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Saturday, November 25, 2017