This was my ride most of the day today -
That's right kids, Mamma's draggin' doubles!
(that sounded so much cooler in my head)
We are applying anhydrous to our corn - this can be done a couple different ways:
Pre-plant - The anhydrous is put into the ground before the corn is planted.
Side Dressing - (what we do) when the anhydrous is applied once the corn has emerged and it is put in-between the rows.
This is the monitor inside the cab that controls how much anhydrous is being applied at what rate. It adjusts the flow based upon the actual speed of the tractor. We try to apply it as accurately as possible, within a couple percent, to eliminate waste, and farm responsibly.
Once a wagon is empty, we keep track of how many acres was applied with that wagon and the rate - constant record keeping! Each wagon covers 18-23 acres, depending on the rate applied to that field.
Safety is always important when working with any chemical but esp. with Anhydrous Ammonia, it is in the tanks as a gas form and can leave severe burns if it comes in contact with your skin.
Here Chris is bleeding the coupler in order to unhook this empty wagon.
Hooking up to the next full wagon.
Hooking up the hose and turning on the valves.
Off running again.
Why you are asking do we apply anhydrous? Well let me tell you - Anhydrous's composition is NH3, meaning it is full of nitrogen, a vital nutrient for plants, especially grasses, which includes corn. Without nitrogen, the corn would be puny, yellow, and yield far less. There are many sources of N, manure, organic material in the soil, carryover from previous crops, especially legumes, which store N, as well as commercial forms like anhydrous, urea granules, and liquid 28%.
Interesting factoid: ON this farm you ALWAYS report back the NET weight of the wagon NOT the empty weight or it throws the operators numbers all out of wack and causes great confusion and anxiety!!!!!!
Yes folks I was out of practice from last year and learned this the hard way this morning!