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Gason Air Seeder Goes the Distance at Goondiwindi

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Goondiwindi based broadacre contractors and croppers Brian and Mark Spink have wasted no time putting their new Gason 1880RT air seeder to work.

And, according to Brian, the results have disappointed neither the brothers nor their clients.

The Spink brothers purchased their new Gason 1880RT air seeder from local dealer Specialised Farm Machinery in February this year and have already sown down close to 4000ha (10,000 acres).

This includes around 1300ha (3200 acres) of wheat, chickpeas, barley and sorghum on their property “Old Yarra Billa” near Goondiwindi.

Contract work through northern NSW and on the Queensland border has accounted for a further 2000ha (5000 acres) of wheat and chickpeas as well as work spreading urea.

“It's a good machine and it's reliable,” according to Brian.

“That's one of the things about contracting; you can't afford to get the sowing rates wrong,” he says.

“For example, if you are sowing a field at 40 kilograms a hectare, when the planting is finished, you need to have used the correct amount of seed.

“You can stop the fertiliser flow and prevent overlapping with in-cab controls.

“The calibration software allows the operator to be precise with the seed and fertiliser rates. This not only gets the new crop off to a good start, it also saves money.”

Brian and Mark say they have benefited from cost and time savings also by using the Gason 1880RT's triple bin configuration for their cropping program.

For example, when sowing 400ha (1000 acres) to sorghum, they were able to use the bins to simultaneously apply 2 kg/ha of sorghum seed, 30 kg/ha of Starter Z fertiliser and 80 kg/ha of urea as a side dress.

“The biggest saving has been from reduced fertiliser use in the wheat program by cutting back on the second headland run,” according to Brian.

“Every paddock is different but overall we would estimate there to be a three to five per cent saving on fertiliser usage,” he says.

“The Gason 1880RT air seeder is also built extremely well."

“Because we contract, we are often getting into the bins to clean them out properly before moving onto another job."

“We previously used a Gyral air seeder and, while Gyral makes a good product, the Gason 1880RT is better suited for our operation.

“The after-sales service has also been extremely good at Gason through the local dealer David Eglington at Specialised Farm Machinery at Goondiwindi.”

Through considerable cost and time savings, improved efficiency and contracting commitments for their new air seeder, Brian and Mark say they expect to recover the investment cost of their new Gason air seeder within three years.

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