Spinner Technology

Spinner Technology

The Marshall Multispread Spinner design is a result of Roesner Pty Ltd’s on-going Spinner Research and Development programme.
The goals of this programme are to develop a spinner design that enables;

  • Wider spread widths to reduce fertiliser, fuel and labour costs;
  • Accurate spread patterns that ensure correct placement of nutrients in the field, optimising
    crop growth and minimising environmental run-off;
  • Simple machine setup across a range of fertiliser types.

A number of scientific techniques are used to design and test spinner designs prior to physical testing in real-life conditions. These techniques include High-speed Photography, Numerical Modelling, Bespoke Particle Collection Equipment and Physical Testing of fertiliser properties.

Physical testing is carried out using the Australia Fertiliser Services Association (AFSA) FertCare testing regime.

The following table details the operating performance of the Type D spinner design currently in production.

Product Maximum Spread Width*
Urea Up to 36m
DAP Up to 36m
Superphosphate Up to 36m
Sulphate of Ammonia (Granulated) Up to 24m
Sulphate of Ammonia (Powder Form) Up to 12m
Lime and Gypsum Up to 16m

There are many external variables that affect the spreading performance of the Marshall Multispread. It is important the wind speed and direction, ground contour, plant height and fertiliser consistency are considered prior to determining the spreader settings and width of pass. For more details see the Support page.

Roesner’s on-going research is currently focused on the characterisation and performance testing of different fertiliser types; investigation into how variables such as wind speed and changes in fertiliser consistency affect spread patterns; and the correlation of spreader performance with crop yield for different soil types and climatic conditions.