Nitro boost

Farmers are being urged to check Nitrogen levels in soils ahead of sowing. One accepted strategy to combat a nitrogen deficiency is topdressing with liquid fertilisers soon after sowing, early in the season to maximise yields. Source: AFDJ eNews

Liquid fertilisers give better coverage than granular and offer the ability to custom brew the mix to maximise yields. However, they are corrosive and need to be handled with the right equipment.

Australian Pump Industries, has developed a range of pumps for safe, fast and efficient pumping of liquid urea based fertilisers.

“We set out to come up with a product that was resistant to corrosion, had the right elastomers to prevent leaks and that wouldn’t react with the chemical being pumped,” said Aussie Pumps’ Brad Farrugia. “Our poly pumps are endorsed by Incitec Pivot for use with their Easy N fertilizer.”

The Aussie Poly Pump range, developed for ag. chem applications offer 2” and 3” self priming centrifugal engine drive pumps that are cost effective, efficient and reliable.

Made from a polycarbon material developed in the USA for NASA, 30% glass filled polyester, the pump is virtually corrosion free.

The 2” pump will handle up to 835 litres per minute, while the big 3” version will handle up to 1010 litres per minute of flow.  Both versions are available with petrol, electric or diesel drive.

“Applying Nitrogen at the right time is crucial for maximising yields,” explained Farrugia.  “Farmers looking to maximise spraying times are choosing the high flow 3″ version for better efficiency. We even make a hydraulic drive version that can be plugged into the sprayer’s hydraulic system for fast fill ‘on the go,” Mr Farrugia said.

Genuine Honda powered poly pumps are now offered by Aussie with a four-year engine warranty at no extra charge to clients.

“This extra warranty gives added piece of mind to users, and is absolutely free” said Mr Farrugia.  Close coupled electric motor drive versions in either single phase or three phase are also available.

All Aussie electric drive Poly Pumps are fitted with a unique “Protek” device. The Protek system fits between the pump and the motor.  In the event of a seal failure, the Protek system traps the liquid to prevent it entering the motor via the shaft.

The Viton or EPDM elastomers are compatible with most liquid fertilisers.  Chemically resistant stainless steel fasteners are standard

“Farmers are buying these pumps faster than we can build them,” claimed Farrugia.  “That’s great, because the more we build, the cheaper they become.  It brings our costs right down and we can pass these savings on,” Mr Farrugia said.