AGCO’s drop tube kit is to ensure accurate between-row application of in-season dry granular fertiliser.
AGCO offers a drop tube kit for the RoGator AirMax Precision R1/R2 application system. The drop tube kit is to ensure accurate between-row application of in-season dry granular fertiliser and precise seeding of cover crops into standing row crops.
The tubes direct fertiliser granules below the crop canopy so nutrients don’t get caught in the crop whorls and are able to reach the ground, where they can move into the soil and be taken up by the plant.
Air delivers the fertiliser to, and down, the drop tubes, distributing the granules slightly on contact with the soil for optimum distribution and more uniform crop uptake, says AGCO.
According to the company, the AirMax Precision system has always been well-suited for broadcast seeding oats, grasses and various cover crops. “Now, with the addition of drop tubes, combined with the AirMax R2 independently metered twin bins, operators can seed cover crops between the rows of growing crop and top-dress late-season urea at the same time without blending,” says AGCO.
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For example, AGCO says it’s possible to apply urea at 150 pounds per acre and seed a low rate of 20 pounds per acre of cover crop in the same pass, thanks to the UltraSpread low-speed, high-torque radial piston hydraulic motors of the AirMax.
Available to order through AGCO dealers this fall as an aftermarket kit from AGCO Parts, the drop tubes replace the standard nozzles and attach to the AirMax boom with two clamps.
The top and mid-sections of these 3-inch-diameter tubes are grade 304 stainless steel to ensure between-row placement. Flexible tubing connects the two steel sections to allow the tubes to always point toward the ground, while an additional hose section at the bottom is gentle on plants.
The kit includes tubes for all 28 outlets, which are spaced at 30 inches off-center across the 70-foot boom. Hydraulic tilt switches on the joystick raise and lower the boom tips as needed to adjust the drop tube position as terrain height changes.
AirMax Precision R1/R2
The AirMax Precision R1/R2 can apply from 20 to 850 pounds of material per acre at 10 mph, with less than 5% variation in rate across the entire width of the boom, says AGCO.
TurnLogic turn compensation offers an added level of accuracy and precision placement on headlands and contours. The AirMax Precision features a stainless steel box, boom and hardware, as well as Heresite hydraulic cooler coating.