“The spreader is set. Just drive,” the boss told the young farmhand. “Make a pass every 60 feet. You should have enough fertilizer to cover this field.”
The farmhand made six passes, covering roughly a fourth of the field. No more fertilizer came out. The spreader was empty. As it turns out, the spreader gate bounced open, emptying the entire load very quickly.
Avoid costly mistakes
With tight budgets, you can’t afford mistakes today. Salford, with U.S. facilities in Osceola, Iowa, and Cornelia, Ga, offers a state-of-the-art dry fertilizer spreader, which makes that early spinner spreader look like a Model T Ford.
The BBI Javelin is a new spreader in Salford’s lineup. Spokespeople tout its accurate spread. This isn’t your dad’s fertilizer spreader. Company spokespeople say it’s the first spreader with a true 120-foot pattern. Spreading a wider swath means fewer trips across the field. Fewer trips mean less potential for soil compaction.
The spreader also features a 282-cubic-foot hopper, making it the largest single-axle, dry applicator capable of top-dressing. Bigger carrying capacity means less time spent refilling. The double-spinner design includes two chain belts. Each one supplies one spinner. It’s possible to vary the application rate on the go.
One big reason for introducing the BBI Javelin was increased demand for a spreader that can top-dress growing crops, including corn. When equipped with narrow tires, spokespeople say it’s an excellent choice.
What editors say
Three Farm Progress editors who cover machinery took a close look at the BBI Javelin. The team includes Tom J. Bechman, Indiana Prairie Farmer; Lon Tonneson, Dakota Farmer; and Mindy Ward, Missouri Ruralist.
Tom’s take. The young farmhand who spread enough fertilizer for a whole field on one-fourth of it was me. Inaccurate to semi-accurate spreaders that aren’t always well-maintained should be relics. Farming is now in the 21st century, and dry-fertilizer application equipment must keep pace. This model fits the bill.
Lon’s views. The BBI Javelin fits two hot trends in crop production today: cover crops and controlled traffic farming. Farmers who want to spread their own fertilizer and cover crop seed should like throwing product out across a 120-foot swath and being able to vary the rate on the go. If the spreader is goof-proof, too, anybody could run it — even Tom and me!
Mindy’s observations. Getting more for less — that is the goal of many fiscally responsible farmers. This spreader provides that. It will not only spread a greater swath, but also take less fuel doing it. Narrow tires provide less soil compaction. However, weighing cost of equipment to realize these benefits will likely be based on your checkbook.