How Accuracy Reduces Fertilizer Costs

How can you save on fertilizer – one of the biggest expenses on every farm?

Grower Albert Martin of Springville, Iowa, found that he can save $10 an acre, or more, simply by using a scale on his spreader.

Albert and a group of other farmers purchase fertilizer directly from a large processor; buying in bulk means tremendous savings.

The key to making the plan work was putting a scale on the fertilizer spreader.

We went ahead and bought a scale and put it on the spreader,” says Albert. “Then as we’re spreading fertilizer, we can break down what each farmer gets and it helps pay for the load and save money for everybody.”

The scale also makes it possible to calibrate the spreader, so they know they’re putting on the right amount.

Bringing accuracy to fertilizer spreading

When it comes to fertilizer application, variable rate technology is surprisingly inaccurate. The typical fertilizer spreader applies not by weight but at a specified rate, calculated by the density of the product, the width of the belt and the speed of the belt.

“Everyone’s been applying fertilizer this way for the last ten years,” says Nick Von Muenster, operations manager at Scale-Tec. “The fertilizer spreader will go out and they don’t know how much they’ve spread until it’s empty.”

With a scale on the spreader, farmers can truly control how much fertilizer they’re putting down on every acre. 

And when commodity prices are low, saving on inputs is critical.

“Accuracy matters,” says Albert. “It just goes back to saving money per acre and doing the job right.”

Calculate savings with new Scale-Tec app

“Growers can calculate exactly how much they can save with a scale on their fertilizer spreader,” says Nick.

“Our app is live at Simply select Fertilizer Input Cost and start calculating savings per acre.”

Visit to learn more about how accuracy powers profitability or call 888-990-7046.