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How To Spread Slug Bait Effectively For Greatest Protection Of Crops & Pasture

Posted by Sam Searle on Mar 23, 2018 1:24:11 PM


Slug bait is regarded & proven to be the most effective method for controlling slugs in pasture & cropping situations. It's important you know how to spread it effectively in order to get the best coverage & results to afford your crops the maximum protection. Spread methods, spread patterns, and knowing the real application rates are all important factors to ensure the job is done properly.

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Topics: Pest & Disease Control, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Pasture & Crop Management

How To Prevent Slug Damage To Pasture & Crops

Posted by Sam Searle on Mar 21, 2018 2:03:00 PM


Damage to pastures & crops by slugs is a great cost to farmers if they are not managed & kept under control, to the point of having devastating effects. 


The threat of slug damage is great at anytime of the year, however their numbers are greatest during spring, declining over summer then increase again in Autumn when weather conditions become favourable for them. Slugs will still be active during summer in areas with high rain fall that provides wet soils.

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Topics: Pest & Disease Control, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Pasture & Crop Management

What Cultivator Should You Use For The Job?

Posted by Sam Searle on Feb 28, 2018 2:59:22 PM

Cultivator types for you to consider

When it comes to Cultivating your paddocks there are several implement options you have at your disposal to get the job done. But first lets consider the purpose of cultivating your soil so we know what we need.


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Topics: Cultivation

3 Best Ways To Load Seed Drills & Fertiliser Spreaders

Posted by Sam Searle on Jan 17, 2018 11:52:00 AM


Time to rethink loading of seed drills & bulk spreaders

With the release of new H&S rules regarding bulk bags & the intention of most leading fertiliser company's to remove the 'single trip' bag from circulation you should be thinking about your options when it comes to loading your seed drill or bulk fert spreader.


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Topics: Fertiliser Spreading, Material Handling, Working Safer, Working Smarter

From Tedding To Raking In Seconds!

Posted by Sam Searle on Jan 11, 2018 1:20:00 PM

This is how you change the Sitrex UNI400 haymaker from tedding to raking in just seconds...

Undoubtedly the swiss army knife of hay makers! Watch the short video below to see how you can go from tedding to raking or windrowing in seconds! Its as simple as that.


There are few machines that can Ted, Rake & Windrow all in one, but there are even fewer that can do it properly! The Sitrex UNI400 is one of those few that does it all and does it properly!
Check out this link for more info & to see a video of the UNI400 in action! - UNI400 info & video 
Interested in owning a UNI400? Its simple, just contact us to find out how.
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Topics: Tips, Hacks & How To's

Top Tedding Tips

Posted by Sam Searle on Dec 21, 2017 12:20:00 PM

Tedding Tips


Why Tedder?

Tedding hay is an essential part of the hay making process as it speeds up the drying of the hay, this in turn reduces moisture rot once hay is baled and eliminates the possibility of spontaneous combustion of bales due to bacterial decomposition of grass. This is all before mentioning the fact it gets the job done sooner!


When to Tedder?

Hay mowen early in the morning can be tedded in the same afternoon as long as the mowen swath is dry on the top surface. It may require a second tedding the next day to speed up the drying process.

Tedding can be used anytime during field curing, and it typically can reduce your field-curing time by up to 12 hours. Some experts indicate tedding can increase hay drying rates by 20 to 40 percent in certain areas.

Initial tedding should be performed after a brief wilting period following a morning cutting while the hay is still moist (two to four hours). In very damp conditions, tedding may need to be done immediately after cutting. A second pass is usually done the next day, and the hay is raked and baled that afternoon.

Things to consider when tedding alfalfa, lucerne & similar crops

Some crops such as alfalfa & lucerne are often damaged by tedding, this is because it has been left too long after mowing till tedding & the leaf has dried then subsequently shattered when tedded, to overcome this its suggested that tedding is done as soon as possible after mowing while the crop is still wet & damp, at this stage tedding will not affect the crop & the nutritional value of the crop is retained.

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Topics: Hay Making Tips, Silage Making Tips

The Best Bale Clamps

Posted by Glenn Walton on Nov 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM


Making the best Bale Clamps with superior design

With an opening width of 2.1m and a lift capacity of 2100kg it's no surprise  Rata Bale Clamps are the popular choice for Farmers & Contractors in NZ. The clamps (or soft hands) are ideal for moving, stacking and transporting bales. The design allows 1 or 2 bales to be lifted at once without damaging the wrap. The Clamps also allow for round bales & square bales up to 1.8m to be handled. Adding to its already heavy & durable design is a greasable equaliser bar for superior handling.

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Topics: Bale Handling & Storage, Working Smarter

Cut At The Right Time To Get More Out Of Your Hay

Posted by Sam Searle on Oct 11, 2017 10:51:16 AM

It's all in the timing!

The best time to cut grass for hay is when the leaves are fully developed but just before the seed heads appear, this is the stage at which you will be able to make the most nutritous hay for your stock.

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Topics: Tips, Hacks & How To's, Hay Making Tips, Silage Making Tips

Subsoil & Aeration Equipment

Posted by Glenn Walton on Sep 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Soil Aeration

Rata Panerazer

Soil aeration in pastures is particularly essential for healthy pasture growth, here’s why;

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Topics: Cultivation, Pasture & Crop Management, Soil Aeration & Drainage

Agrex SDA Fertiliser Spreader

Posted by Glenn Walton on Aug 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM


The SDA fertiliser spreaders are compact and light and can be pulled by low-power tractors. However, they have the same sturdiness and high precision as large agricultural machines. One of their distinctive features is quantity control through a setting gauge which guarantees accurate fertiliser distribution. If necessary, it is possible to adjust the quantities being fed into the two spreading discs. The side conveyors allow for localised spreading on row cultivation of 1.5 - 5m. The deflectors are adjustable and enable the fertiliser to be discharged where it is needed, thus avoiding unnecessary waste.

The SDA fertilizer spreaders are excellent for full field distribution even on small and medium sized unlevel ground. By adding hopper extensions, to the 800 liter model, 1000 and 1200 liter capacities can be obtained. The spreading charts supplied with the machine enable the operator to adjust the working width and the fertilizer load for a spreading width of upto 18 m.

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Topics: Fertiliser Spreading