Aerial Agricultural

Aerial Topdressing makes country more productive for sheep and cattle grazing

 

We are proud to be in a great industry that makes a vital contribution to agriculture and the health and well being of all Australians - including those in the cities and towns that use the products we help the farmers to grow

 

Aerial agriculture is very cost effective - we cover large areas quickly, the aircraft is the most efficient fertilizer application platform and we have  unique and significant advantages over ground application of fertilizers and seed.

 

Ag pilots are professional - they have a big investment in education, they undertake ongoing training and they are multiple licenced and heavily regulated and they are committed to their industry and their clients.

 

Agricultural Aircraft are specially designed for fertilzer and seeding tasks and all equipment purpose built.

 


What are the benefits of using aerial topdressing verses ground spreading

1. The main difference is the better quality of the fertilizer spread across the property and therefore increased productivity of the pasture. There are several reasons for this.

  • Both ground spread and airspread use GPS, but the GPS marks in a grid pattern or straight lines across the property. The only way you can accurately follow a GPS is in straight lines and therefore the aircraft is the only way that can accurately achieve this across a property as a whole.
  • Ability for aircraft to cover awkward areas that can not be reached properly by ground spread eg. Tree belts, ridgelines, steeper country
  • Constant speed across block with airspread. No heavier or lighter application rates due to uphill & downhill and the fertilizer product feeding inconsistently to the spinners of a ground spreading vehicle, especially with high analysis fertilizer products.

 

2. No noxious weeds transfer from one property to another with the aircraft.

 

3. Less likelihood of fertilizer becoming wet or unspreadable due to the capacity of the aircraft to spread up to 5 times more tonnage in a day. Less time for expensive product to sit on dumpsites.

 

4. No wheel tracks or compaction of ground with airspread

 

5. No bogged trucks with airspread of fertilizer and therefore no lost time in expense to property owners in assisting with retrieval of bogged trucks

 

6. If rain develops, aircraft can keep spreading and have fertilizer out on the ground where it is of most benefit to the landholder

 

7. Fertilizer is tipped in 1 area for airspread as compared to several for ground spread. This has several benefits to all involved.

  • No loss of product as the prepared dumpsite is swept with a broom by the loader driver loading the aircraft with several unprepared dumpsites loss of fertiliser can & has been quite high.
  • Easier for fertiliser agents to organise trucks to one drop off point
  • Easier for trucking companies to drop at one drop off point More environmentally friendly with one dumpsite. Any likelihood of run off of nutrients finding their way into water course is decreased with the product contained in one area.

 

8. Increased ability by aircraft and pilot to define exclusion zones eg. Sheep camps, water courses, rocky ridges and cut these out keeping fertiliser for more productive areas.