100 years after the first 2.5m wide, Type Michel worm auger spreaders were being pulled by horses, Amazone spreaders now offer DynamicSpread 128 section automatic shut-off via GPS, automatic calibration via the twin 200 Hz weigh-cells with built-in tilt sensor, GPS site-specific spreading via VRA application maps, the ArgusTwin radar spread pattern monitoring system that maintains the spreader accuracy irrespective of changing fertiliser quality, topography or driving style, plus the new WindControl that senses the wind speed and direction and then automatically alters the spread pattern to compensate, etc., etc. – technology that is all there, well-tested and very practical.
More importantly today, with increasing tramline widths, the area around the field boundary adds up to a substantial area and so maximising the yield on that first pass with the spreader can make a big difference when it comes to profitability. Amazone pioneered boundary spreading back in the 1980’s with the introduction of the TeleSet border spreading disc on their then revolutionary ZA-U twin disc spreaders. Of course, in those days, one had to get off the tractor to change the disc over and then back again and so the introduction in the noughties of the hydraulically-actuated Limiter offered huge benefits and which has now been further improved with the electrically-adjustable Limiter V+ for the Isobus ZA-V spreaders. Fast forward nearly twenty years and now the border disc principle is back with the electrically-actuated AutoTS system on the ZA-TS that helps improve headland yields by as much as 15%.
Now with more than a million spreaders sold, we are celebrating 100 years of Amazone fertilising technology and so to help get started on this journey of ensuring the best return on fertiliser investment, we are giving away an in-cab border spreading system, irrespective of the model and tramline width desired. With the ZA-X, ZA-M and ZA-V models, up until December 1st, all spreaders purchased with receive a Limiter absolutely free or, if choosing a ZA-TS or ZG-TS, then the extra for AutoTS system will be included in the price, a saving of roughly up to £1,000 at retail depending on the model. Choose a model from one of the extensive ranges of spreaders available to suit your farming enterprise and then reap the benefits next harvest when you drive the combine round the field boundary. There won’t be an offer like this for another 100 years, so make the most of it!