Product Focus: SubTiller Attachment Options

The BLU-JET SubTiller 4 lifts and fractures hardpan and wheel compaction caused by heavy equipment. The deep penetrating Shanks fracture hardpan up to 18” deep and up to 20” on each side of the shank with minimal surface disturbance.

When crop residue is only slightly disturbed, erosion is controlled. This year-round conservation tillage tool maximizes moisture absorption and reduces runoff to keep the water available during the growing season. Engineered for maximum performance, the SubTiller’s InLine shank design increases lifting and fracturing of compacted soil.

BLU-JET SubTiller attachments are available to further increase the efficiency of the machine. SubTiller attachments available include StalkSizer, Conservation Roller, StripTill options, and 24 inch Rolling Harrow Baskets.

The StalkSizer slices stalks and improves tough residue flow.

The Conservation Roller attachment provides optimum leveling, moisture absorption, and erosion control. It sets the surface residue, anchoring it into the soil behind the SubTiller. Ratchet jacks provide easy depth control and ground pressure.

The StripTill option adapts SubTillers to one pass seedbed preparation and fertilizer placement.

The rolling harrow baskets provide crumbling and leveling action, to leave a superior finish behind the SubTiller operation.  They mount individually to each row; and have rubber torsion mounted, positive down pressure.

SubTiller pictured with StripTill Option

SubTiller pictured with StripTill Option

Effective Operation: Storing your Liquid Applicator

When the time comes to finish up with a liquid applicator for the season, it is important to store it correctly in order to protect the machine from premature wear.

The most obvious check list items include cleaning it up for storage, flushing the pump, and parking it in a secure location.
    
The easiest way to clean the outside of the machine is to power wash it. Keeping your implement clean protects the paint and prevents transferring mud and chemicals onto the floor of your shed.
    
When preparing the machine for storage, verify that the pressure gauge reads no remaining pressure and that all switches are off. Flush the pump by running recreational vehicle antifreeze through the system. This will ensure complete clean out of the pump and will help to keep the lines from freezing.

When parking your implement, consider overfilling the tires to prevent dry rot and put them on boards if possible.
    
Another important step in storing your liquid unit is preparing for the next season’s operations! Check safety features, including lights and chains. Look for leaky hoses or seals, put on replacement knives and check the whole machine for parts that are slightly damaged or bent.
     
Ordering parts from your local dealer at time of storage will help to prevent waiting for parts when it comes time to pull the implement out of the shed and put it back to work. When the machine is pulled out for the next season, flush the system with water before use.

Agronomic Approach: One Pass StripTill Setups

According to the National Resources Conservation Service, the definition of StripTill includes the following requirements: the seedbed preparation is completed in a narrow band no more than 1/3 of the row width, and crop residue and soil consolidation is left undisturbed between the seedbed areas.

Different soil properties, weather patterns, and local regulations affect the way in which StripTill is accomplished in various areas.

StripTill allows growers to combine the benefits of NoTill and Conventional Tillage. The advantages of StripTill over NoTill include faster warm-up of the seed bed and better residue management. The advantages over Conventional Tillage include erosion control and moisture conservation. An advantage over both NoTill and Conservation Tillage is the time and money saved with StripTill. StripTill requires fewer trips across the field and less fuel than Conservation Tillage and less fertilizer than NoTill.

BLU-JET One-Pass StripTill Systems further decrease the input costs. The ability to till, fertilize, and plant in one pass saves costs in fuel, man power and fertilizer. BLU-JET StripTill Systems combine with the BLU-JET LandTracker 9400 for a compact, versatile pull-type unit.

The BLU-JET row unit components work individually with the soil, residue and obstacles to maximize performance while also reducing the maintenance requirements compared to most competitive units.

For even more versatility, the BLU-JET StripTill Systems have the ability to apply dry, liquid, NH3, or dual placement fertilizer solutions by injecting them while creating the strip.

Precise fertilizer placement helps to maximize yield potential by allowing nutrients to be taken up at the early stages of growth.

BLU-JET StripTill Systems  decrease production costs.

BLU-JET StripTill Systems
decrease production costs.

Effective Operation: Liquid Applicator Operating Tips

Before filling the tank with fertilizer, pressure check the system with water to make sure there are no leaks. If there is a fissure, it will be discovered as soon as the pump is pressurized. The leak could be caused by a faulty hose or hose clamp. Water is a lot cheaper than fertilizer and is safer for hands, in case there is a leak.

While greasing the equipment, check nozzle mounts, row knives, and other parts to make sure that nothing has come loose.

BLU-JET Coulter Mounted Knives are highly adjustable and can be set to achieve varying degrees of depth. As the coulter blade wears, reposition the knife so the distance between the blade and knife remains consistent.

When operating the machine, make sure that the wings are in float to avoid damaging cylinders, linkages, and row unit components. That setting will allow the cylinder to move back and forth without any pressure against it.

Product Focus: AT4610

The BLU-JET AT4610 is designed exclusively for producers that need to cover a large number of acres accurately and efficiently. This 60′ applicator is designed to give the operator an ideal balance of stability, tracking, durability, versatility, and customizable features.

The 1775 gallon cone bottom tank provides virtually complete drain out of product without the use of a sump and improved rearward visibility in transport. The cylindrical shape of the tank limits the movement of the liquid within the tank to reduce surging of the tractor and applicator which keeps unnecessary stresses from being applied to the applicator and tractor hitch due to weight transfer.

The gull wing design on the AT4610 keeps wider swath width toolbars from drooping on the ends and knocking over crops. An internal hydraulic push bar automatically engages when lifting the toolbar, which forces the wings higher than the center and avoids unnecessary crop damage during turn around.

Another staple of the AT4610 toolbars is the ability to cover multiple planter sizes with the same applicator. The 7″x7″, seven section folding toolbar can be operated as a 23R30 or 17R30 unit (with outer wings folded) to match both 60′ and 40′ planters.

For example, the owner of a 60′ AT4610 liquid applicator can easily fold the outer wings and match the rows on a 40′ planter. Switching from 60′ swath to 40′ swath takes mere seconds, including turning the shutoffs to the outer wing rows and recalibrating the pump. 

The AT4610 is a low disturbance, all terrain liquid injection toolbar.

The AT4610 is a low disturbance, all terrain
liquid injection toolbar.

Effective Operation: Setting Your CDS—John Blue Piston Pump

All CDS-John Blue Next Generation Piston Pumps (NGP) have been engineered and extensively field tested to achieve the perfect liquid metering pump. John Blue Piston Pumps have a reputation and history built on superior performance, servicability and quality.

All CDS-John Blue Piston Pumps, regardless of age, can be hydraulically driven with our Variable Rate Hydraulic Kits or with our Ground Driven Universal Drive Assemblies.

To calculate the flow rates for your CDS-John Blue Metering Pumps, visit the BLU-JET website’s Flow Calculator. The Calculator now features calculations in both standard and metric units. After entering the form fields, click “Calculate my Pump Settings” and scroll down to the green section titled “Pump Setting & Application Parameters (Estimated)” to view your pump settings.

There is also a mobile flow rate calculator for your phone or tablet. To access the site on your smart phone, go to this mobile site, or bookmark the site in your mobile web browser. Instructions are included.

After finding the calculations, loosen the locking nut on pump, using the provided wrench. Then rotate the dial to specified pump setting, according to the numbers that your calculator gives you and tighten locking nut back up.

Once the correct pump setting has been obtained from the pump calibration calculator, it becomes necessary to select a nozzle size that will result in a system operating pressure that falls within the recommended range of 60 PSI to 120 PSI. It is important to remember that GPA rate will not be affected by changing nozzle sizes. A gauge is provided to double check calculations and monitor pressure during operation.

The orifice will also determine what kind of pressure you have. It is recommended that a mid-range pressure of 80-100 PSI is used to allow for speed variances in field operation, if possible.

Loosen the locking nut to move the dial to specified pump setting.

Loosen the locking nut to move the dial to specified pump setting.

Agronomic Approach: Studies Support Split-Applied Nitrogen

When the total nitrogen requirement is furnished post harvest, before planting, or at time of planting, the nitrogen sits in the ground until the crop is mature enough to utilize it fully. This waiting period increases the opportunity for nitrogen loss; meaning investment lost, plant malnourishment and environmental concerns heightened.

The opportunity for nitrogen loss depends on many factors, including soil type and climate. For instance, in soil types that do not have a clay layer, fertilizer loss is a higher risk because there is less material to hold it in the root zone where it can be used by the plants.

As a general rule, application of the entire fertilizer compliment needed by the crop prior to planting would result in higher crop development early in the season, but dwindling production in the latter part of the season.

If part of the nitrogen treatment is postponed, however, nutrients have a higher probability of being available when the plant needs them. Split-applied nitrogen fertilizer applications, like a side dress operation, can save money while also increasing yield per acre.

For forage crops, like corn, split applied nitrogen is absolutely necessary if one wants to keep the plant producing at its highest level throughout the growing season.

Product Focus: LandTracker 9400

The BLU-JET LandTracker 9400™ allows you to combine several operations into one, such as incorporating residue and/or fertilizer while breaking compaction layers in one pass, saving time and money. Two independently controlled three point hitches allow for a multitude of combination passes through the field including StripTill™, Combination Tillage, and Fertilizer Application. LandTracker’s 28,000 pound maximum lift capacity and 400ptohp maximum tractor rating means that many of today’s larger implements are not a problem.

With the superior flexibility of our exclusive LandTracker 9400, producers can customize it to perfectly fit their operation. The hallmark of LandTracker 9400′s flexibility is the multitude of tire and wheel lift combinations customers can choose to match their needs. Fertilizer options from ground driven pumps, 1000 gallon tanks, and BLU-JET’s AutoLok™ nurse tank hitch are also available. LandTracker 9400 can also be equipped with BLU-JET’s GDI™ or HDI™ anhydrous ammonia distribution system. The year-round functionality of LandTracker means operators get greater value and efficiency for the money spent. on implements, thus increasing Return on Investment.

LandTracker VTS—Fertilizer and Seeding System

LandTracker VTS—Fertilizer and Seeding System

Competitive Comparison – Fenders – A Frequently Forgotten Feature

Circle R pioneered the bolt on rubber edge fender in the Side Dump marketplace. 

EdgeFlex fenders have a flexible rubber edge that doesn’t crack when the loader hits it. 

This feature saves on maintenance, by resisting damage to the fenders. The bolt-on fenders also reduce replacement time should damage occur due to the loader encountering the steel center. If damage occurs, the fender can be easily detached from the frame and a new one bolted on. 

Steel fenders can damage the tires of the loader and are more prone to damage themselves.

Circle R EdgeFlex fenders are strong enough serve their purpose (preventing mud and rocks from flying up and hitting the trailer and other vehicles), but flexible enough to handle being hit by the loader.

Circle R Fenders with EdgeFlex

Circle R EdgeFlex fenders are strong enough serve their purpose but flexible enough to handle wear and tear.

Feature Focus – In-Cab Side to Side Switching

The In-Cab Side to Side Switch System allows the driver to change the dump direction of the trailer from the driver’s seat, thus saving time and increasing the driver’s safety.

The In-Cab Side to Side Switch System can be changed while moving, saving the time that it would take for the driver to pull over and get out of the truck.

The Switch System also enhances driver safety; allowing the driver to remain in the cab during the switching process.

Flags indicate which side the tub will dump to, serving as a check point for drivers.

The In-Cab Side to Side Switch Kit works with Circle R Side Dump’s exclusive dump direction indicators. They reduce operator error by allowing the driver to check the direction of the dump.  When dumping to the driver’s side, an arrow pointing to the driver’s side can be seen through the door mirror. 

Circle R Side Dump Side to Side Control Box

Circle R Side Dump Side to Side Electric Latch Control Box

When arrows cannot be seen in the drivers side mirrors, the dump direction is set to the passenger side.