0 to 40 scale on fertilizer distributer

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0 to 40 scale on fertilizer distributer

Postby Paul Bertrand » Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:01 pm

I purchased a Farmall 140 that came with a fertilizer distributer. Everything works fine. There is a scale on the side of the distriuter that is marked 0 to 40. The higher you go on the scale the more fertilizer it puts out. But what does this scale mean? Is it pounds of fertilizer per acre, pounds per 100' of row, or what?

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Re: 0 to 40 scale on fertilizer distributer

Postby Barnyard » Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:13 pm

Pounds per acre based on row spacing.

Here is an example from the manual for a Cub fertilizer.
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Re: 0 to 40 scale on fertilizer distributer

Postby Super A » Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:14 pm

I have never really looked this up but I expect it's just a number.

A lot of variables will determine the rate. The best way to make sure it is putting out what you want is to choose your fertilizer and calibrate the distributor.

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Re: 0 to 40 scale on fertilizer distributer

Postby Bill Hudson » Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:34 pm

Super A wrote:... The best way to make sure it is putting out what you want is to choose your fertilizer and calibrate the distributor.

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Absolutely. Here is a process to do the calibration. http://profact.rutgers.edu/pages/training_module.aspx?CID=18 Not exactly what you will be doing but the principles are the same. Fertilizer is expensive, don't waste it by applying too much, or sacrifice yield by not putting on enough.

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Re: 0 to 40 scale on fertilizer distributer

Postby Super A » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:17 pm

Bill Hudson wrote:
Super A wrote:... The best way to make sure it is putting out what you want is to choose your fertilizer and calibrate the distributor.

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Thomas,

Absolutely. Here is a process to do the calibration. http://profact.rutgers.edu/pages/training_module.aspx?CID=18 Not exactly what you will be doing but the principles are the same. Fertilizer is expensive, don't waste it by applying too much, or sacrifice yield by not putting on enough.

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I just skimmed this but it looks like an easy-to-follow set of directions. It doesn't take long to calibrate a unit when you have all the tools at hand and it can save a lot of money in fertilizer.

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Re: 0 to 40 scale on fertilizer distributer

Postby Boss Hog » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:01 pm

It will also depend on the star wheel you have there is a light [ 14 tooth] a medium [ 7 tooth thin] and a heavy 7 tooth thick ] and the number of teeth on the drive gear as well as the driven gear. If you start with it about 1 /4 way and if you have the medium wheel you should be in the neighborhood of 175 lbs an acre
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Re: 0 to 40 scale on fertilizer distributer

Postby Paul Bertrand » Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:45 pm

Thanks to all for your comments, especially Barnyards chart. Center of tire to center of tire on the 140 is 42", so the chart should be fairly accurate. I will only be using this machine to sidedress crops such as corn and potatoes. That's why I wanted to know if it was pounds per acre. In the past, I sidedressed everything by hand and eyeballed it. Never had a problem! No matter what I set the scale at, I will eyeball the amount of fertilizer being dropped and adjust accordingly.Just planted my Irish potatoes this month, and they recommend sidedressing at 3 lbs. per 100' of row when the vines are 8" to 12" tall. But I can figure that out easily. Corn, on the other hand, they recomend 120 lbs of nitrate per acre. That's why I wanted to know what the 0 to 40 scale meant! Of course, no matter what I set the scale at, once I start dropping fertilizerI will still eyeball the amount being dropped and adjust accordingly. It just beats the heck out of sidedressing by hand!!!
Thanks for your input.
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Re: 0 to 40 scale on fertilizer distributer

Postby Paul Bertrand » Sat Feb 28, 2015 6:50 pm

Of course a little common sense goes along with that!


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