In many areas, a conventional anhydrous application is a pass through the field at 8 km/h to 12 km/h (5 mph to 7.5 mph). To increase productivity, a few options are available:
- Increase the operating speed, which is not always possible due to horsepower limitations, and at the same time keep the knife from tripping up or soil disturbance at faster speeds
- Operate a wider applicator, which also requires more horsepower
The 2510H’s single-disk opener design has a lower draft requirement and allows anhydrous application up to 16 km/h (10 mph).
For example, an 8530 Tractor coupled with a 15-row opener 2510H can cover up to 40 acres per hour at a 16-km/h (10-mph) operating speed.
Low soil disturbance
Fall application in soybean stubble
The single-disk opener on the 2510H utilizes a 559-mm (22-in.) blade that is angled 4 degrees to open a narrow slot for anhydrous application.
Reduced soil and residue disturbances provide a increased accuracy and placement during anhydrous application:
- In highly erodible land areas
- With no-till/min-till practices
- Looking to save money sidedressing with anhydrous application
Sidedressing in soybean stubble
Productivity and low soil disturbance are two of the three ingredients for a successful sidedress application. The third is clearance under the frame and around the wheel modules.
Certain challenges exist when sidedressing using a conventional applicator:
- Very short window
- Soil disturbance
- Crop clearance
Early sidedress application with a conventional applicator can cause too much soil throw and damage or small corn plants. With a single-disk opener, soil disturbance is very low for early sidedressing, as early as right after planting.
As the season progresses and the corn gets taller, underframe clearance becomes vitally important to sidedressing using anhydrous application. The underframe clearance on the 2510H is 762 mm (30 in.) and there are no tandem wheel axles with low clearance. The 2510H increases the sidedress window by nearly 300 percent.
The 2510H has configurations for off-row and on-row fertilizer banding in 16-row configurations. With a working width of 12.2 m (40 ft), the 16-row 2510H can be used for pre-planting and fall applications to apply on row. This allows for better matching of the tracks from application with subsequent tasks like planting. It also makes execution of banding easier.
The 2510H High-Speed Applicator is truly a three-season machine: fall, spring, and sidedressing.