Growing your crops can be a tedious process. In a farming landscape where fertiliser costs significantly impact the bottom line, Padraig Kehoe, a dedicated tillage farmer, shares his positive experience after two years of using the Kverneland Exacta TL GEOSPREAD, and its transformative effects on his crops.
Kverneland Group is a leading international company – developing, producing, and distributing agricultural machinery and services. A strong focus on innovation allows Kverneland to provide a unique and broad product range of high-quality.
Kverneland Group offers an extensive package aimed at the professional farming community, covering the areas of soil preparation, seeding, forage and bale equipment, spreading, spraying and electronic solutions for agricultural tractors and machinery.
Kehoe, based in The Ballagh just outside Enniscorthy, focuses entirely on tillage – cultivating wheat, barley, oats, oilseed rape, and beans.
Two years ago, in search of a reliable disc spreader, he chose the Exacta TL GEOSPREAD for its unique features and unparalleled accuracy in weighing and application rate.
According to Kehoe, the reference sensor of the GEOSPREAD minimizes the risk of spread pattern alterations due to slopes, ensuring an impressive level of accuracy and preventing fertilizer wastage.
“At current fertilizer prices, there’s no room for inaccuracy,” he said.
The farmer appreciates the machine’s convenience, storing field data on the device and easily transferring it to his laptop via USB. He expresses contentment with the accuracy and consistency of the spread pattern.
Highlighting the critical role of after-sales service, Kehoe commends Kverneland’s support team, stating, “The backup is vital now, especially when you’re dealing with machines. You’re going to need someone on the other end of the phone.”
The essential parameters to adjust the spreader correctly are the physical properties of fertiliser, not the name or nutrient content. This is what controls the spreading pattern and accuracy.
One of its key features is the CentreFlow spreading system ensuring that there is no impact, fragmentation or dust, thanks to a central release point, and a smart association of acceleration and centrifugal force allowing the fertilizer to be brought to sufficient speed before hitting the disc and its eight vanes. These guarantee a continuous flow of fertiliser to the field, an essential requirement for efficient and high capacity spreading.
Leonard Hovenden, product manager arable and cropcare Kverneland Group Ireland, notes that’s Pardraig’s model is the top of the range machine, the TL GEOSPREAD – with section control, controlled by GPS: “By using a machine like the TL GEOSPREAD, it ensures that he’s accurate in his application of his fertiliser to maximise his input costs, but also to maximise his yield,” Leonard finishes.
See this walkthrough video on the Exacta range: The Exacta range includes the CL GEOSPREAD, TL GEOSPREAD and TLX GEOSPREAD, all offering precision farming functionalities.
For more info on Kverneland Disc Spreaders click here or get in touch with:
Leonard Hovenden: Product Manager Arable & Cropcare – 00353 87 147 5137
Allan Hetherington: Area North – 0044 7826 544 630
Greg Tennyson: Area South – 00353 87 700 9689