The benefits of using a fertiliser spreader for your wine farm

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The benefits of using a fertiliser spreader for your wine farm

The South African wine industry is booming. And as wonderful as it is, the continuous challenges caused by technology, urbanisation and environmental uncertainties are pushing farmers to invest in more sophisticated machinery that will help meet hospitality requirements faster.


Choosing the best option

In order for smaller wine farms to meet restaurant demands, farmers need to eliminate the manual labour aspect and start making use of fertiliser spreaders to yield higher production rates.

There is a wide range of fertiliser spreaders available on the market, each that services their own niche market. When you are looking for the best option to help increase harvesting, farmers should opt for a smaller machine that can easily navigate through vineyards without damaging the plants.

A great solution is Radium’s CompacSpread. With reduced dimensions and a compact design, this versatile spreading machine easily navigates between tight spaces, allowing farmers to spread their choice of materials across the vineyard properly, distributing it evenly and accurately where it is most needed. Another benefit of this machine is that it ensures that little damage can be done to the plants, and the operational ability of this spreader remains unaffected despite its smaller size, with performance being at its optimal. It also saves you money, without you having to spend money on fertilising the grass.

Fertiliser spreader machines eliminate soil compaction without destroying the soil structure. They also help to reduce runoff water and moisture retention, making it the more affordable and effective fertilising method. When looking to choose the perfect machine to suit the number of vineyards you service, you can either choose between a ground-driven or tractor-powered machine.

With ground-driven models, the compost only spreads when the machine is moving forward at the rate that the machine is moving, and with power-driven spreads, the rate is independent to the spreader, meaning that no matter how fast or slow you go it can be set to spread accordingly.

Further benefits of fertiliser spreaders include:


It improved production yield: There are various factors behind the high demand for improved yields, causing farmers to regularly make use of fertilisers. If used in the correct manner, not only do fertilisers help increase production, but they also do not have adverse effects on soil health. Manual spraying affects the distribution of fertiliser, which then leaders to unstable production throughout the year. To solve this, farmers must switch to fertiliser spreaders.


It operates without the need for manual labour: Most farmers across the globe are switching to machines, because of the efficiency that they provide. There has been a drastic decrease in the amount of manual labour that farmers use, and because of our uncertain climate and drought conditions, if things aren’t done quickly, production is not guaranteed. Fertiliser spreaders allow for farming without dependency on manual labour, while still yielding high production rates.


Increase focus on accuracy: As previously mentioned, it is critical that the correct amount of fertiliser to be used, not only to achieve higher yields but also to maintain the health of the soil. The current state of the world’s soil is alarming, with approximately 50% of the agricultural land deficient of zinc and micronutrients such as iron and manganese, leading to a lack of nutrients in edible plants. Farmers who do not use automatic spread fertilises will continue to face issues such as poor crop performance due to uneven spreading. So, to achieve better yield without harming the soil, fertiliser spreaders are essential.


How to fertilise the right way

Whether you’re using a machine or manual effort to do the spreading there is a specific amount of fertiliser that needs to be used. When there is too much fertiliser applied to your vineyards, the portion not used by the grapevines may be leached out of the soil, causing nutrients to end up in soil water which will soon lead to pollution. The sandier the soil, or the more filled with fertiliser it is, the easier nutrients leach out or it will cause grapevines to grow profusely. Both are challenging for farmers because the one delays production completely and the other requires leaves to be broken off, and when a grapevine bears little grapes, the quality of the grapes are not good and more commonly infertile.


In conclusion

In order to meet hospitality demands, it is extremely important for farmers to apply the right nutritional elements in the right quantities to their grapevines. Not only does this ensure that the requirements of the grapevine are met, but it also prevents money being wasted on too much fertiliser that is killing your production and your pocket.


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