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 an operator to apply anhydrous up to 16 km/h (10 mph).
For example, an 8530 Tractor coupled with a 15-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 the anhydrous placement.
Reduced soil and residue disturbances provide a better way for producers to place anhydrous:
- In highly erodible land areas
- With no-till/min-till practices
- Looking to save money with sidedress anhydrous
Sidedress 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.
What challenges exist with 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/bury 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 along and the corn gets taller, underframe clearance becomes vitally important to sidedress anhydrous. 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 High-Speed Applicator is truly a three-season machine: fall, spring, and sidedress.