According to Pöttinger, combining the Amico F front hopper with the Terria stubble cultivator enables operators to apply fertiliser and cover crops at the same time. The hopper is available with capacities of 1,700 litres or 2,400 litres, divided 60:40 for a wide range of applications.
The hopper is fitted with ISOBUS as standard, with material applied from the pressurised tank using a single shoot process. Up to two metering systems can be independently controlled and the unit can be combined with a third-party machine thanks to the ISOBUS connectivity.
Metering units are easily accessible from the front, enabling a quick changeover of the seed size. This is made easier by a shut-off plate. Calibration is performed from the ground and an additional loading platform makes it quick and safe to load the Amico.
Because the hopper is pressurised, high volumes of seed and fertiliser can be mixed and transported long distances as required.
A full combination
When combined with the Terria stubble cultivator, Pöttinger states that it is possible to loosen the soil and apply fertiliser – making the nutrients available to the crop at planting and reducing the risk of nutrient depletion.
According to the company, this promotes targeted root growth as the roots are attracted to fertiliser. This will then promote plant growth and crop density.
The wide tine spacing enables the Terria to work in high levels of organic matter, as well as incorporate crop residues and cover crops with a range of shares and wings. Throughout the fertiliser boot remains mounted, with a choice of different fertiliser depths.
With the outlet on the boot set on top, so the seed is mixed directly into the top 5cm of soil. For fertiliser, the application point is directly behind the tine leg. There is the possibility to mix fertiliser application with 50% on top, and 50% at the bottom, enabling distribution across the full working depth.
You can also set the outlet at the point of the coulter, placing fertiliser as deep as 35cm. The soil is deeply loosened during this process and the company recommends stabilising nitrogen fertilisers, reducing emission losses.
For more information go to www.pottinger.uk