Many ask what is the best way to spread manure. Are you doing it with minimal equipment or a manure spreader? Hitchcock Inc is here to walk you through the best ways to make sure that manure gets spread.
Part 1: What does a Manure Spreader do?
Manure spreaders distribute manure over a field. The spreader trailer being pulled behind a tractor is the best way to apply fertilizer in a modern setting. But why?
The manure spreader as we know it is the end result of engineering that began back in the 1870s. Several changes have been made throughout the 20th and 21st centuries to achieve a few major goals. Increase ROI, save you time and make fertilizing a field that much easier to do.
So, what are you going to do with your manure spreader?
Part 2: What are the best manure spreader brands?
The best manure spreaders can be defined by those that support farmers and the ability to get the job done correct. Kuhn, Meyer and even Hitchcock often get reported among the best manure spreader brands by users across the United States.
But, how do you know which manure spreader works for you? We have some tips.
Part 3: Tips for buying a new manure spreader
New manure spreaders are quite the purchase. You have many choices for how your fertilize your farm, field, etc. But, manure is far better to use than fertilizer. Especially because you increase soil carbon and help stop erosion.
That being said, we have 7 tips for buying a new manure spreader
- Do your research
- Know what you need, not what you want
- Take stock of how much manure you need to use
- Buy a manure spreader that can work with your land
- Make sure you can maintain and service your manure spreader
- Learn from others that already have your manure spreader
- If possible, test drive the manure spreader
Part 4: Manure Spreader Benefits
The best way to spread manure also offers up many benefits. But, do you know which benefits work best for you?
Control over how much manure is used
Too much manure in the field and you can overdo the nitrogen in the soil. That kicks off a process of robbing nutrients from your crops and other growth. A manure spreader controls flow into your field, so you can keep too much manure from ruining the soil.
You get to save time
Time is money. But, time is also yours to control. When you don’t spend all of your time working the fields, you can invest time in other parts of your work.
Less hassle with manure spreading
Manure spreading is typically seen as not terribly hard, but requiring a lot effort. Even with typical equipment, you have to plan out how much is being used and how to best deploy. A manure spreader allows you to load up a trailer and carefully navigate areas that would take hours by hand.
You save money in the long run
Saving money is what matters most. People will throw out the term ROI (return on investment), but let’s put it into terms anyone can understand. If you buy a manure spreader, use it wisely and take care of it…you save time, financial costs and produce a better product that will make more than the initial cost of the manure spreader. That’s ROI, that’s money saved and it’s quality all around.
Part 5: Best Available Manure Spreader Options
What are the best available manure spreader options?
Kuhn Manure Spreaders
Kuhn makes manure spreaders that either side or rear discharge. That means having to plan out how you’re going to spread manure. It’s not that hard, but it requires having navigational control over how you move through your field.
Meyer Manufacturing Manure Spreaders
Meyer Manure Spreaders feature horizontal and vertical beating. Meyer touts their rear unload advantage which is helpful, but how does it work for you? For those that want, they also tend to use a V type auger to give the manure spreader more control over the flow.
The Best of the Best: Hitchcock Inc Manure Spreaders
Hitchcock offers what Kuhn, Meyer and every other manure spreader option is missing. By using a polybelt drive, you eliminate the need for pulleys and chains with this spreader. That means Hitchcock offers hydraulic controls for your manure spreader that are found in your cab.
No more having to get out and check everything when you spread manure. That means extra comfort in the cold harsh mornings of planting season. A job well done and a worker staying comfortable means everything.
Part 6: What kind of maintenance does a manure spreader need?
Manure spreaders require a degree of maintenance. Especially since most aren’t designed to store manure for lengthy amounts of time. Frequent causes of manure spreader breakdown arises from manure going bad and cracking various parts of the spreader.
A manufacturer or manure spreader sales place will have people on hand to tell you more about maintenance needs. Feel free to contact Hitchcock to learn more.
Part 7: What do after you buy a Manure Spreader
After buying a Manure Spreader, it’s wise to make sure you have proper storage for the equipment. We’ve touched upon the issues related to improperly storing manure, but it will ruin a spreader faster than you can snap your fingers. But, what other issues remain?
To learn more about what you can do to make sure that your manure spreader purchase is secure and you remain happy for years to come, reach out to Hitchcock today!