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Regularly check your spreader

Regularly check your spreader for wear and tear as it will have an impact on your spread pattern. Replace parts where appropriate and follow the manufacturer’s maintenance advice. Compare the PTO read-out on the screen in your tractor to the PTO shaft. In many cases, the readout is not the same, meaning your spreader is not operating at the PTO speed you think.

Clean the spreader

Clean the spreader

Clean the spreader both during and after use. Pay particular attention to the spreader vanes and clean these every time before refilling your hopper.

Cleaning is especially important when using fertilisers containing sulphur. Over time, sulphur fertilisers are known to leave deposits on the spreader vanes which can create a build-up or cause blockages which will lead to uneven spreading. Yara recommends using a 'WD40' type product and a rag to clean vanes. Oil-based lubricants will dissolve sulphur build-up quickly.

READ MORE - Your spreader is clean and in good shape. Get the settings right, too! See the simple steps here >

More advice

These short stories will show you why and how choosing the right fertiliser and ensuring the nutrients are spread accurately and evenly pay off. Here is our advice on how to protect your investments as well as the environment:

Improve your farm's nitrogen fertiliser efficiency

Improve your farm's nitrogen fertiliser efficiency

Improving nitrogen fertiliser efficiency is one way your farm can become more productive, profitable and sustainable. Try our quiz to find out how you can improve your farm's nitrogen fertiliser efficiency.

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Where can I buy Yara fertilisers in Ireland?

Where can I buy Yara fertilisers in Ireland?

Yara supply our branded fertilisers and crop nutrition products to the Irish market through a network of local merchants and co-ops  Use our interactive map to locate your nearest suppliers.

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