Slurry tanker question

AKA

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Hi, this may sound daft but I am going to put slurry on top of some spring barley/wheat tomorrow, the previous owner of the tanker has cut a piece off the end of the rubber nozzle for the splash plate. Will this affect how far the slurry spreads? Ideally I would like it too do 12m so to go In between every tramline but I know it presently only spreads to 10m. Will a new rubber cone make it spread further as it will be a smaller hole and thus create more pressure and spread wider??

Tia
 

pappuller

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Livestock Farmer
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M6 Hard shoulder
Hi, this may sound daft but I am going to put slurry on top of some spring barley/wheat tomorrow, the previous owner of the tanker has cut a piece off the end of the rubber nozzle for the splash plate. Will this affect how far the slurry spreads? Ideally I would like it too do 12m so to go In between every tramline but I know it presently only spreads to 10m. Will a new rubber cone make it spread further as it will be a smaller hole and thus create more pressure and spread wider??

Tia
It will run out faster, always does with a bigger bumhole
 

Cowabunga

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Ceredigion,Wales
Hi, this may sound daft but I am going to put slurry on top of some spring barley/wheat tomorrow, the previous owner of the tanker has cut a piece off the end of the rubber nozzle for the splash plate. Will this affect how far the slurry spreads? Ideally I would like it too do 12m so to go In between every tramline but I know it presently only spreads to 10m. Will a new rubber cone make it spread further as it will be a smaller hole and thus create more pressure and spread wider??

Tia
No it won't spread further. It will exit the tanker at a greater rate though.

Think of a granular fertiliser spreader. Spreading more or less fertiliser per acre hardly alters the spreading width at all and the same principle applies here. It is the pressure combined with the design and angle of the splash plate that determines the spread width.
 

Cowabunga

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Ceredigion,Wales
Thanks @Cowabunga that does make sense I will look see if the angle of the splash plate can be adjusted to make it spread wider
Depending on the design of the splashplate I'm afraid that you may be disappointed as the pressure is what makes the most difference. Each bit of slurry is like a pellet out of an air rifle, even though its deflected sideways. Its the pressure behind it and the density that mostly allows it to defy gravity over distance. On my Hi-Spec splash plate, altering the angle mostly alters the pattern, throwing more or less to the side but not noticeably throwing wider. Try it though, because you are only looking for a metre each side and it may achieve that much if you are very lucky. Perhaps yours is a totally different design to mine anyway.
 

Cowabunga

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Ceredigion,Wales
Will spread wider with smaller hole in cone. I've a cut one at it definitely reduced spreading width on mine.
Could be if the vacuum pump couldn't keep the pressure quite up with the larger hole and faster flow rate that results from it.

I have two tankers and they have different size holes and the only difference I have seen with them often working together in the same field, is that if they are going at the same forward speed, one goes around 20m further than the other.
 

Henarar

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Livestock Farmer
Hi, this may sound daft but I am going to put slurry on top of some spring barley/wheat tomorrow, the previous owner of the tanker has cut a piece off the end of the rubber nozzle for the splash plate. Will this affect how far the slurry spreads? Ideally I would like it too do 12m so to go In between every tramline but I know it presently only spreads to 10m. Will a new rubber cone make it spread further as it will be a smaller hole and thus create more pressure and spread wider??

Tia
I would think a smaller hole will make it spread wider as it will be going faster
 

AKA

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It’s on a Joskin tanker. Might see if I can get a new cone from dealer tomorrow. Will they be dear?
 

jackp

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cumbria
Hi, this may sound daft but I am going to put slurry on top of some spring barley/wheat tomorrow, the previous owner of the tanker has cut a piece off the end of the rubber nozzle for the splash plate. Will this affect how far the slurry spreads? Ideally I would like it too do 12m so to go In between every tramline but I know it presently only spreads to 10m. Will a new rubber cone make it spread further as it will be a smaller hole and thus create more pressure and spread wider??

Tia
We once had one that left a strip behind the tanker unspread, the rubber cone had been cut , we fitted a new one and it was covering the full width again
 

shumungus

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Batty

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It’s on a Joskin tanker. Might see if I can get a new cone from dealer tomorrow. Will they be dear?
Try a piece of cut down traffic cone as a reducer to see if that has any effect first.
seen it used quite effectively for dust supression to slow down the flow rate and cheap as chips 🍟
 
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cvx175

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cumbria
Also check your blow off valve,by increasing the pressure you could get wider,or as we have done rise up complete spreading plate
This, joskin usually have an adjustable pressure relief although not always. What pressure are you getting on the gauge when spreading?
 
Hi, this may sound daft but I am going to put slurry on top of some spring barley/wheat tomorrow, the previous owner of the tanker has cut a piece off the end of the rubber nozzle for the splash plate. Will this affect how far the slurry spreads? Ideally I would like it too do 12m so to go In between every tramline but I know it presently only spreads to 10m. Will a new rubber cone make it spread further as it will be a smaller hole and thus create more pressure and spread wider??

Tia
We cut our cones. Emptys the tanker much quicker and also let's out bigger sticks/stones. It makes the spread narrower definitely. If your going on crop fit a new rubber cone. It will spread wider and make it easier for your pump to keep up max pressure which again will help width. We work 2 different splash plate units. A standard one for low rates and a cut one for normal jobs.
 

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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