Fertilizer Calibration Mobile Course
Offered at Remote Locations
Offered at Remote Locations
Properly calibrated and maintained equipment ensures the uniform distribution of nutrients. This can be essential to your relationship with your customers. Your spread pattern serves as a billboard attesting to the quality of services and products you provide. Combined with other conservation practices, calibration reduces production costs and nutrient movement to surface waters.
- 1-day course - up to 8 hours of training
- Offered at your location
- $925.00 per day plus travel:
- Reimbursement for hotel, tolls & meals
- $1.25 per mile
- Experienced Instructor
- "Milk routes" encouraged
The amount of time required to properly calibrate a spreader is minimal compared to the amount of money that can be lost by incorrect rates of application. Applying too much is costly, unlawful and may cause crop injury. Applying too little can result in poor crop growth and production. It’s important to calibrate equipment on a regular basis.
Training is provided to teach your employees or participants how to perform this important activity. This is not a service we offer to calibrate your equipment, but rather an effort to provide the industry with high quality training at locations near you. The goal is to increase the awareness of the importance of dry calibration and multiply the effort of those qualified across the country to perform what should be at least an annual requirement for each piece of dry application equipment.
It’s recommended that equipment be tested prior to each spreading season! Every facility should have someone onsite properly trained and qualified to conduct these tests. This course is designed to provide the hands-on experience required to make your employee feel comfortable with this critical responsibility.
This course utilizes a special New Leader bed custom built for this course to simulate real world field situations. The course is offered remotely throughout the U.S. via a unique self-contained tractor and trailer combination.
Spread pattern is affected by a number of factors, including:
- Spinner speed
- Material density
- Granule size
- Flow of material
- Rate of the delivery of material
- Point of drop onto the spinner discs
- Requirements for facilities with rail
- Wind speed
- Hardness of the granule
- Mechanical condition of the spinner fins and discs
- Cleanliness condition of the spinner fins and discs
- Spacing of swaths
- Condition and wear on spinner fins
- Angle of the distributor fins on the spinner discs
Gary Cornell is the lead instructor for this course. Gary is a seasoned professional from within the ag industry and started his career as a professional applicator in the early 70’s. Gary brings a wealth of knowledge and more than 40 years of experience to the course.
This training is very flexible in that it can be provided at your location anywhere within the United States and accomodate up to 30 participants. Upon successful completion, participants receive a certificate from the Asmark Institute.
To schedule a course near you, please contact:
4941 Goetz Drive
Owensboro, KY 42301
Bus: +1 (270) 926-4600 Ext 234
Fax: +1 (270) 926-0011
Our thanks to Highway Equipment Company, manufacturers of the New Leader brand of dry fertilizer spreaders in the United States for their help and support in developing this course, and especially the one-of-a-kind spreader unit. The special custom-built bed for this course simulates real world field situations and makes it possible for the course to be offered remotely throughout the U.S. via a unique self-contained tractor and trailer combination.