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FCA FERTILISANTS organizes thematic days around spreaders adjustments and fine-tuning. These workshops will allow you to calibrate your spreader, in order to have better control over your production costs.
Once the equipment is properly calibrated, the weather the handling and security rules, as well as the applicable regulations must also be taken into account.
FCA FERTILISANTS continuously works in with the spreaders’ manufacturers in order to identify the right setting tables for all the equipment available on the market. The adjustment of the equipment, according to the kind of product to be spread, is key to an accurate and homogeneous intake.
WARNING: flow-rate settings are only indicative, given the possible density variations due to hygrometry.
Here are some advice in order to spread under favourable conditions (source UNIFA).
Working conditions are very important to optimize spreading and limit the potential losses during the process. During spring, a compromise must usually be found for the nitrogen fertilizers, between the optimal intake date, at the agronomic level, and the very uncertain weather conditions during this period.
To obtain an accurate spreading using a centrifuge device, the main factors are the following:
In addition to the best practice to be used when handling fertilizers, a few basic rules guarantee both the security and the quality of the spreading site.
Before starting the tractor, the driver must check the spreader horizontality, adjusting, if required, the lifting links as well as the height of the discs, relative to the soil, depending on the manufacturer’s recommendation and the instruction manual.
Once the operation is over, and before changing the formula or fertilizer type, the user must empty completely the hopper. If necessary by opening the hatches and dry clean the device with a brush or a broom.
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National Obligations concerning the spreading of mineral nitrogen fertilizers (Decree of March 6th, 2001 from the Ministry of Environment, amended by the Decree of August 1st, 2005).
Since 2005 it is compulsory for all the farmers receiving aid from the CAP (conditions to receive the aid) to establish a 5-meter wide grass strip along all water streams. Spreading fertilizers over this grass strip is forbidden.
The departmental programs aiming to protect waters against the pollution by nitrates, generated by farming, results from the implementation of the European Directive n°91/676/Ce on December 12th, 1991, also known as “nitrates” directive. They cover all the farms having plots located in vulnerable areas. The last ranking update of the vulnerable areas, at the end of 2007, did not really change the map. Around 55% of the farming area is classified as vulnerable area.
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