Rauch spreaders get fertiliser slope compensation

German maker Rauch has developed a fertiliser slope compensation system to help growers spread fertiliser accurately on hilly ground.

The system works by using a gyroscope on the spreader to measure the working angle, and it combines this with information from the GPS system.

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By doing so, it can adjust the drop point of the fertiliser on the disc to maintain the required spread pattern, either on a side slope or when working directly up or down a hill.

The technology is still in development, with testing currently taking place in Germany. A realistic timescale of 2021 has been put in place for sale, but the good news is that it should be possible to retrofit on older machines.