2014 - Volume #38, Issue #2, Page #30[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Boom Dribbles Manure To Side-Dress Crops
“The system can be used on any crop that can be sidedressed, including corn at early stages,” says Scott Black, Cadman Power Equipment. “The hoses extend down from the dribble bar to within a fraction of an inch from the ground. Manure is kept off the leaves and on the soil where it’s needed.”
The dribble bar is being built in Germany by Vogelsang. That company has a strong reputation in the manure handling business. Dribble bar booms are available in lengths from 39 to 98 ft. Flexible hoses drop down between crop rows. The last 3 ft. of each hose is stiffened to ensure that the liquid manure drops between the rows. In Europe it is commonly used in crops up to 3 ft. high. The boom folds up for transit.
“We can deliver the manure to the boom from either tanks or a drag hose,” says Black.
Currently if using a hose, it’s dragged from one end of the field to the other by the tractor with the dribble bar. It then has to be unhooked and dragged back while the tractor deadhead returns.
“We are working on a solution that will work better,” says Black.
The DosiMat distributor delivers consistent flow over the dribble bar, whether it has 5 outlets or 60. It’s sized for the desired flow rate and type of manure. A key component is the chopping knife, which reduces particle size while pressurizing the system. Vogelsang claims 5 percent distribution accuracy across the boom.
“We had a positive reaction from livestock producers at our first demo,” says Black. “I stood alongside an applicator delivering hog manure. The odor was remarkably low, though a high volume was being spread. That is important for reducing complaints when farming around rural non-farm or suburban residents.”
Black credits the non-aerosol nature of the manure delivered at ground level for the low odor. This also means more nutrients delivered to the plants and less lost to the atmosphere.
Prices vary depending on the length of the boom and the type of distribution system. Black estimates the largest boom at $24,000 to $26,000 (Canadian). Cadman distributes equipment throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Cadman Power Equipment, Box 100, Courtland, Ont., Canada N0J 1E0 (ph 519 688-2222; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.cadmanpower.com).
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