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Art's Way equips spreader with nutrient management system

Applying manure accurately has become a necessity not only to keep fertilizer costs down but to adhere to heavier government regulations, as well as provide transparency in food production.

To meet a grower's need for managed and increased transparency of manure application, Art's Way is offering a Digi-Star NT460 nutrient management system as an option to its Roda V-series spreader, the V-180.

Working in tandem with the spreader, the Digi-Star system uses on-the-go weight reading combined with travel speed and GPS coordinates to calculate and store the application for any field location.

The five main components of the NT460 system include a GPS receiver, a scale system, an indicator, a USB drive and nutrient tracker software.

The GPS gathers information from satellites to track position and speed of the manure spreader. The information is stored in the indicator. The scale system uses load cells customized to the V-180 spreader that measure the weight and application rate of the manure. The system compares weight and GPS information for detailed feedback.

The indicator displays actual tons per acre and stores information from the GPS and load cells for future use. Operators can set rate tolerances and analyze data in the field if necessary. So growers can see and react to application rates in real time, the indicator has a large readable display and intuitive operation. 

With the indicator’s new, patent pending AutoLog automatic start/stop function, there is no need to remember to push the Start/Stop button when unloading the V-180 spreader. Thanks to a magnetic switch and new software, it is done automatically.

The USB drive on the indicator is used to easily transfer data between the field and a computer. Nutrient Tracker software is an easy-to-use computer program that stores and maps application data for monitoring and management.

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