This year, as you prepare for side dress season, consider converting your bar to 360 Y-DROP Sidedress. There are numerous reasons why 360 Y-DROP Sidedress is an effective and efficient choice for side dress application.
Optimized placement of nitrogen is the biggest draw of the 360 Y-DROP Sidedress system. Studies have shown that a corn plant takes up a majority of its N from a 6-7 inch radius of the base of the stalk. 360 Y-DROP Sidedress places N within 2-3 inches where one light rain or dew pushes it into the root system. Coulters often apply as far as 12 inches from the plant, where it will take around 7-10 days for uptake to occur.
Because the system doesn’t engage the ground during application, ground conditions only need to be dry-firm enough to cross the field, not cut into the soil with a coulter and/or knife. This often buys another day or two during a tight application window. Application speeds can be increased using 360 Y-DROP Sidedress as well, because the system places the N without potentially damaging the growing crop with debris in the field. 8-10 mph speed are often achieved with 360 Y-DROP Sidedress compared to 6-8 mph with coulter rigs. More acres per day = greater efficiency.
Maintenance and upkeep are often easier when using the 360 Y-DROP Sidedress system. First of all, it eliminates the need for the items associated with coulter application that wear often – bearings/blades/knifes etc., and saves you the time and money of replacing and maintaining these parts. 360 Y-DROP Sidedress will continue to look and act as new without corrosion because the point of fertilizer application is away from the metal components of the system. Cleanup is also easier due to the lack of coulters and knives that tend to rust over the course of winter from wear and the presence of fertilizer.
If you’re interested in upgrading your side dress bar to 360 Y-DROP Sidedress, contact your local 360 Yield Center dealer. If you buy 12 or more row units from now until June 30, 2017, you will receive $500 off your order.