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Liquid fertiliser storage made easy with Bushmans Tanks

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article image Liquid fertiliser storage tanks must be robust and well designed

With the farming season across Eastern Australia shaping up to be very good with a full soil moisture profile and excellent commodity prices, the planned use of fertilisers will certainly help maximise yields and returns this year. To this end it is important to store liquid fertiliser in storage tanks like those supplied by Bushmans Tanks .

Liquid fertilisers are the fastest growing form of crop nutrients due to their simple use and application. They can be applied in conjunction with crop protection products, are distributed to the crop more easily than solids, and allow the simple flexibility of split applications. Futhermore, liquid fertilisers have the flexibility of being able to add trace elements easily when required.

To maximise the benefits of liquid fertilisers, on farm storage is key, as is making sure the right product or tank is used for the storage. Liquid fertiliser tanks must be compatible with the different types of products, remembering that many organic based fertilisers also come in liquid form and need to be stored on the farm in bulk.

These liquid fertiliser storage tanks must also have a simple design for filling and emptying and perhaps most importantly, the tank must be robust enough to hold the weight of the fertiliser and have fittings that are strong enough to withstand the rigours of continual use.

A well designed liquid fertiliser storage tank needs to have the following features:

  • to be designed and tested to hold 1.5 times the weight of water (tanks designed for water will not be able to hold fertiliser safely and will most likely fail)
  • inlet system that allows the tanker driver to top fill the tank from the ground quickly and simply (this will provide a safe working environment as well as speed up the process of filling)
  • bottom outlet sould be large enough to allow the fast flow of product out of the tank minimising the time taken to fill the spray unit
  • bottom outlet should have a system in place to make sure the tank can be completely emptied (this is so there is not wasted product left in the bottom of the tank)
  • level gauge to help prevent the overflow of the fertiliser from the tank and to show when it is time to order another load
  • overflow in cases where the tank inadvertently is over filled.
The strength and toughness of the liquid fertililser storage tank will minimise the risk of leaks that result in loss of product and can potentially cause a contamination issue.

To ensure the best results from a liquid fertiliser it is important to choose the right product but also have the right storage tank.

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