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Uniform distribution depends on an even fertilizer output and consistant overlapping between the two passes (out and back) of the broadcasted
To test the regularity of fertilizer spreading, the actual dose of fertilizer spread over the projecting distance is measured and then plotted. Spreading regularity is expressed as "coefficient of variation (CV)", which quantifies the average deviation of doses applied in relation to the mean dose. The result is then stated as a percentage. CV, as defined in European Standard 13739, is the ratio between the standard deviation and the mean total distribution.
The lower the CV, the better the distribution. The quality of fertilizer distribution is expressed as follows:
A CV between 0% and 10% is excellent
A CV between 10% and 15% is good
A CV between 15% and 20% is poor
A CV above 20% is unacceptable
Imprecise spreading can have serious consequences. It is often
visible in strips or waves, showing 30% over or under-dosing. Uneven and
imprecise distribution of fertilizer leads to nutrition deficiencies in the plants, resulting in a yield and protein reduction. Too high a dose than the economic optimum causes a loss in revenue and increases
the risk of nitrogen loss.
Precise spreading of solid fertilizer (CV < 10%) means that over 90% of the granules have landed in the right place. That level of precision means that 1 gram of nitrogen per square metre can be applied to achieve 100kg per hectare. Such precision is only available with high-quality homogeneous fertilizers such as those from Borealis L.A.T.
The physical characteristics of granulated fertilizers have a
significant influence on the spreading pattern by affecting the
behaviour of the granule in the spreader and the way it travels through
the air. It is important that these properties do not alter during
The evenness and precision of spreading depends directly on the quality of the fertilizer. Particularly when applied with broadcast spreaders at wide working widths, the fertilizer must have clearly defined and consistent physical characteristics.
Borealis L.A.T is dedicated to delivering the best quality.
Especially the granular AN 33.5 N from Borealis L.A.T fulfils the mentioned requirements to achieve such a good CV.
Up to 25km/h
More than 19 days
Compared to prilled products, Granular AN from Borealis L.A.T offers a
better coefficient of variation (CV) at all spreading widths and at all
wind speeds. In windy conditions prilled AN cannot be spread up to 36m
with a correct CV and uneven spreading will lead to yield loss. At 36m,
only Granular AN offers a good CV even in windy weather.
At 25 km/h crosswinds the tests show that Granular AN 33.5 still maintains a good spreading pattern and a correct CV, unlike the prilled products. This unique benefit of Granular AN is giving the farmers confidence to go out spreading while achieving good results.
3 times more days of applications in the spreading season is only
assured by Granular AN 33.5. UK weather makes the farmers work schedule
hard to maintain consistently. During the high season there are only 6
days with wind speeds below 15km/h, but with Granular AN farmers can
spread confidently an additional 13 days when the wind speed is up to 25