How Your Farm Can Save Money on Fertilizer in 2022

Reducing fertilizer costs may be the best way for farmers to minimize costs and improve crop yields in a tricky economic environment.

At 1st Products, we have a team of knowledgeable, trustworthy people dedicated to your growing success. We provide high-quality equipment that supports your farming and gardening production. Our team has a wide range of products and expertise to offer so you can be confident that your purchase is the best for your needs.

The Economy of Your Crop-Growing Success

Whether you’re maintaining a turf or wanting to maximize your home garden’s or hobby farm’s food production, fertilizer plays an important role. Using a high-quality, well-balanced fertilizer improves your plants’ growth, and a good product supports roots and strengthens leaves and stems, thus improving the health and production of flowers and fruit from your crops.  However, if your application process is not effective, you could be wasting a lot of resources — time, money, and product.

The world economy and supply chain have been seriously affected and the global business environment is feeling the effects of the reduction in product and shipping and the exponential increase in costs. Farmers are hit dramatically by these conditions, and unlike other industries that can adapt more readily to supply, demand, and costs, agriculture cannot change the need for food.

Insight from Experts

Will Llewellyn, agronomist and agriculture consultant states in an article on Sound, “We can either eat less food, eat different food, or try to use less fertilizer to grow the same amount of food in order to address demand and keep prices from skyrocketing.”

The price per acre for fertilizer cost has doubled recently. Saving money on fertilizer is the most immediate way of reducing costs in food production. 

Agronomist Mike Howell says, “Optimizing returns on every dollar spent on fertilizer and crop nutrition holds the key to profitable crop production.”

Making the Best of Your Investment, Costs, and Return

Costs are always going to increase, and the cost of farm and garden production is no exception. The effective application of high-quality fertilizer that you invest in must be a top priority to get the best value out of your investment. It’s important to make every granule count for the health of your crops and the comfort of your bank account.

To combine both high yields with cost efficiency is the golden ticket. And the process of application must be easily sustainable.

Machines You Can Count On

Our team of experts is ready to consult with you to make your crop-growing venture a success. With our fertilizer equipment, you save from one-third to one-half on fertilizer costs, which translates to a return on your investment time frame of 2-3 years. The design is intended to make cleaning and maintenance easy. There is less overlap, so you use less fertilizer and get a better application, which means better production.

1st Products applicator machines available are:

  • 250-500 lb Fertilizer Hopper
  • Orchard Fertilizer Applicator
  • 500-1750 lb Fertilizer Hopper

These applicators are perfect for:

  • Row crop farmer
  • Hobby farm
  • Home garden
  • Food plots

Save Money on Your Farm 

We know how important it is to get the job done right, but also affordably, especially at a time when fertilizer costs are astronomical. Our fertilizer applicator systems can be mounted on pretty much any cultivator frame or tool bar, and they’re built to last, so you can use it for years to come. 

Call or email us today for a free quote! 

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CM7000-LD

This round module spear can be adapted to loaders, tele-handlers and many other types of lifts.

  • Length- 33” (without spears)
  • 103” (with spears)
  • Width- 65”
  • Height- 56” (storage position)
  • Weight- 841 lbs.
  • Hitch: Mounting Plate Required
  • Lift System:
  • Lifting Capacity: 7000 lbs.
  • Spear:
  • 2 ¼ Round Special Alloy Steel
  • Torque Requirements:
  • ¼ UNC Standard Bolt: 11 ft. lbs. (14 N-m)
  • 5/16 UNC Standard Bolt: 21  ft lbs. (28 N-m)
  • ½ UNC Standard Bolt: 85 ft. lbs (120 N-m)

Groundmaster® 360: AERA-vator

The Groundmaster® 360 works with four of the 1st Products 60” shafts (AERA-vator 60” Shaft, Slicer 60” Shaft, Multi-tine 60” Shaft , Coring 60” Shaft) enhancing and complimenting the versatility of the GM®360. Order below or click here for more information about the Groundmaster commercial aerator.

  • Weight 479 lbs
  • Working Width60″
  • Overall width 66″
  • Center Drive Gearbox 1:3 Rt. Angle
  • End Drive (4) BX 46 Belts (left end)
  • Tine Vibration Frequency @2000 PTO RPM=800 Cycles/Min
  • Lift manual or optional Hydraulic Top Link
  • Finish Black Acrylic w/ Grey Trim
  • Power Source see specs of Toro Groundsmaster 360
  • Universal Shaft System

Orchard Fertilizer Applicator

Designed to apply granular material to orchard rows, vineyards, and trees.

With adjustments to accommodate up to 12’ Rows, each hopper has its own variable rate electric drive that will apply 31lbs up to 2000 lbs per acre depending on row spacing. The Orchard Frame bar can be operated with 1 or 2 hoppers.

The 250lb. stainless’ hoppers capacity can be doubled to 500lbs. per hopper by adding the optional extension. The optianl stainless steel lid keeps yur material dry over night. The spouts and hoses can be adjusted for precise fertilizer placement.

  • Up to 12’ rows
  • Variable rate electric drive
  • 31-2000 lbs. per acre
  • 1 or 2 row
  • 250-500lb hopper capacity
  • Stainless Steel hopper and auger
  • Removeable trough for easy clean out
  • Optional stainless steel lid

500-1750 lb Fertilizer Hopper

The new low profile box is wider and easier to fill. The variable speed ground drive allows for 75 quick-rate changes and requires NO TOOLS to adjust.

  • 2, 3, or 4 Outlets Stainless Steel Hopper and Auger
  • Mounts available for Flat, 3 1/2 – 4” Diamond, and Pittsburgh Cultivators (order kit bundles)
  • 2, 4, 6, 8, 12 row Tool bars available 
  • Removable Auger Trough for easy cleaning
  • Stainless Steel Latches
  • Ground, Hydraulic or Electric Drive
  • Variable Speed Ground drive- 60-1750 lbs/ac.
  • Hydraulic Drive- 70-1825 lbs/ac.
  • 500 lb Hopper capacity
  • Additional 500 lb and 750 lb extensions available for more capacity.
  • Stainless Steel screen 
  • Stainless Steel Bridges 
  • Box Covers
  • Flexible Hoses

VC 40 VERTI-cutter

1st Products introduces a smaller, compact version of the same quality. The VC40 offers tighter blade spacing from and ½”-2” spacing and an optional thinner blade, makes it the best VERTI-cutter for compact tractors.

  • Working Width: 35 1/2”
  • Blades: 10GA Carbide Tip, 16GA Carbide Tip, 10GA Hardened Steel
  • Blade Spacing: Rollers 1/2” – 2” (1/4” Increments)
  • Blade Depth Control: 0 – 1 7/8”
  • Blade Shaft: 1 5/8” Hex Stress Proof
  • Blade Rotation: Forward
  • Hitch: Patented 3 PT CAT.1 Trailing Hitch
  • Drive: 540 PTO Gearbox, 3 belts
  • Required HP: 20-45 Varies by Cutting Depth
  • Frame: All Welded Steel Construction
  • Weight: 800 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 51” w, 24” l, 44” h
  • Gearbox: Heavy Duty 42 HP (31 KW)

VC 60 VERTI-cutter

The VERTI-cutter’s patented swing-hitch allows the unit to turn during operation increasing maneuverability and the belt drive with 12” diameter blades provides a faster blade RPM (tip speed) improving quality of cut.

  • Working Width: 54”
  • Blades: 10GA Carbide Tip, 10GA Hardened Steel
  • Blade Spacing: Rollers 1.5 – 2″, Skids 2″ Only
  • Blade Depth Control: 0 – 1 7/8”
  • Blade Shaft: 1 5/8” Hex Stress Proof
  • Blade Rotation: Forward
  • Hitch: Patented 3 PT CAT.1 Trailing Hitch
  • Drive: 540 PTO Gearbox, 3 belts
  • Required HP: 20-45 Varies by Cutting Depth
  • Frame: All Welded Steel Construction
  • Weight: 900 lbs.
  • Dimensions: 70” w,46” l, 41” h
  • Gearbox: Heavy Duty 42 HP (31 KW)

VC40/VC60 Sprig Digger

The VC40 and VC60 can both be converted into a sprig digger simply by changing the VERTI-cutter shaft to the Sprig Digger shaft. Both have a 40″ working width.
 
  • Weight- 91 lbs
  • Blade- ¼” Hardox Banana Blade
  • Working width- 36”
  • Spacing- 3”
  • Rotation- forward

DO40 AERA-vator Mini Skid Steer

Our 1st Products DO-40: AERA-vator is a versatile soil aerator attachment for your mini-skid steer /compact utility loader and is the perfect tool for construction and renovation projects. The DO-40 side to side tine movement levels heavy traffic areas and prepares a great seedbed with less prep work. With the optional seeder, seed placement is broadcast on top of the rotors allowing seeding in both forward and reverse, reducing turnaround time.

  • Weight- 312 lbs.
  • Drive- Hydraulic motor
  • End Drive- 2” BX42 belys (left end)
  • Side to Side tine travel- 1 3/8”
  • Vibrating depth- 3 ¾”
  • Overall Width- 44”
  • Working width- 40”
  • Aeration density- 9 holes per sq. ft.
  • Tines- 9/16”x 3 ¾” forged and hardened
  • Rotor Bearings- Double Sealed Tapered Roller
  • Finish- Black Acrylic w/ Gray Trim
  • Minimum of 1800 PSI @ 8 GPM

Universal AERA-vator 60T

The UA60T AERA-vator is a self-contained, towable 60” AERA-vator that trails easily behind any UTV or commercial grade mower. Its features are desirable for any school, municipality or sports complex. The self-contained aerator is powered by a 23hp engine and operated by a remote lanyard. The Universal Shaft System is integrated into the UA60T for added versatility.

  • Weight 1041 lbs
  • Working width 60″
  • Overall Width 94″
  • Center Drive Gearbox 1:3 Rt. Angle
  • End Drive (4) BX Belts (left end)
  • Tine Vibration Frequency @3600 Engine RPM=800 Cycles/ Min.
  • Engine Gas Honda 28 HP Horizontal Shaft
  • Finish Black Acrylic w/ Grey Trim
  • Lift Hydraulic
  • Electric 12V Electric Clutch Actuated
  • Operation Controller Tethered Handheld
  • Operation Position rear or offset
  • Transportation DOT approved for Highway use (for transport only)
  • Provided with Certificate of Origin

AE40E AERA-vator Tow Behind

If you have tight spaces that need maintaining, the AE-40E: AERA-vator is the turf aerator for you. As a tow-behind used in conjunction with small mowers or other vehicles, its versatility is unmatched.

  • WEIGHT: 577 lbs.
  • OVERALL WIDTH: 47″
  • WORKING WIDTH: 40″
  • ENGINE: 11 HP Honda w/ 6:1 Reduction
  • END DRIVE: 2- Power Rated Belts
  • TINES: 9/16″ x 3 ¾ Forged and Hardened
  • TINE VIBRATION FREQUENCY: 825 Cycles/Min @ 3600 RPM
  • OUTSIDE-TO-OUTSIDE TINE TRAVEL: 1 3/8″
  • VIBRATION DEPTH: 3 ¾” including tine Nut
  • AERATION DENSITY: 8 holes per sq/ft.
  • ROTOR BEARINGS: Double sealed tapered Roller
  • FINISH: Black & Grey Acrylic
  • VOLTAGE: 12 V
  • TONGUE DRAFT PULL: 100 lbs. (Operation)
  • WEIGHT CAPACITY: 400 lbs.

CM7000-L

This 3 pt. lift round module spear is great for staging modules in the field or at the gin.

  • Length- 33” (without spears)
  • 103” (with spears)
  • Width- 65”
  • Height- 56” (storage position)
  • Weight- 1265 lbs.
  • Hitch- CAT III, IVN, or IV
  • Lift System:
  • Lifting Capacity: 7000 lbs.
  • Module Clearance Height: 30” or Higher (depending on tractor)
  • Spear:
  • 2 ¼ Round Special Alloy Steel
  • Torque Requirements:
  • ¼ UNC Standard Bolt: 11 ft. lbs. (14 N-m)
  • 5/16 UNC Standard Bolt: 21  ft lbs. (28 N-m)
  • ½ UNC Standard Bolt: 85 ft. lbs (120 N-m)

AG72 AGRI-vator - 6'

Facilitates seed growth and helps you get the results you want for your farm. Break apart the soil without doing damage to the surface turf.

  • Weight 1630 lbs
  • Center Drive Gearbox 1:1.5 Tee
  • End Drive 3 Cx Belts (Left End)
  • Tine Vibration Frequency @ 540 PTO RPM = 1026 Cycles/Min
  • Side-to-Side Tine Travel 2 1/4 inches
  • Vibrating Depth 6 Inches
  • Aeration Density 5 Holes per sq. ft.
  • Tines 3/4 X 6” Forged And Hardened (144)
  • Rotor Bearings Double Sealed Tapered Roller
  • Drive Line 1 3/8” Spline w/ Safety Shield
  • Finish Black Acrylic w Grey Trim
  • Tractor HP required- 45, 60, 80

AG96 AGRI-vator - 8'

Facilitates seed growth and helps you get the results you want for your farm. Break apart the soil without doing damage to the surface turf.

  • Weight 2045 lbs
  • Center Drive Gearbox 1:1.5 Tee
  • End Drive 2 Cx Belts (Left End)
  • Tine Vibration Frequency @ 540 PTO RPM = 1026 Cycles/Min
  • Side-to-Side Tine Travel 2 1/4 inches
  • Vibrating Depth 6 Inches
  • Aeration Density 5 Holes per sq. ft.
  • Tines 3/4 X 6” Forged And Hardened (144)
  • Rotor Bearings Double Sealed Tapered Roller
  • Drive Line 1 3/8” Spline w/ Safety Shield
  • Finish Black Acrylic w Grey Trim
  • Tractor HP required- 45, 60, 80

AG144 AGRI-vator - 12'

Facilitates seed growth and helps you get the results you want for your farm. Break apart the soil without doing damage to the surface turf.

  • Weight 2825 lbs
  • Center Drive Gearbox 1:1.5 Tee
  • End Drive 3 Cx Belts (Left End)
  • Tine Vibration Frequency @ 540 PTO RPM = 1026 Cycles/Min
  • Side-to-Side Tine Travel 2 1/4 inches
  • Vibrating Depth 6 Inches
  • Aeration Density 5 Holes per sq. ft.
  • Tines 3/4 X 6” Forged And Hardened (144)
  • Rotor Bearings Double Sealed Tapered Roller
  • Drive Line 1 3/8” Spline w/ Safety Shield
  • Finish Black Acrylic w Grey Trim
  • Tractor HP required- 45, 60, 80

5ft MULTI-drill | ND-60

STARTING AT $10,602

  • Cover for storage
  • Rear Step and Walk Board
  • Aux. Seedbox
  • 4 Stainless Steel Seed plates for Various Seeds
  • Variable Speed Electric Drive
  • Self-Contained Lift
  • Conventional and No-Till Capability

6ft MULTI-drill | ND-72

STARTING AT $12,699

  • Cover for storage
  • Rear Step and Walk Board
  • Weight Bracket
  • Aux. Seedbox
  • 4 Stainless Steel Seed
  • Plates for Various Seeds
  • Variable Speed Electric Drive
  • Conventional and No-Till Capability

8ft MULTI-drill | ND-96

STARTING AT $14,052

  • Cover for storage
  • Rear Step and Walk Board
  • Weight Bracket
  • Aux. Seedbox
  • 4 Stainless Steel Seed
  • Plates for Various Seeds
  • Variable Speed Electric Drive
  • Conventional and No-Till Capability

12ft MULTI-drill | ND-144

STARTING AT $25,308

  • Cover for storage
  • Rear Step and Walk Board
  • Weight Bracket
  • Aux. Seedbox
  • 4 Stainless Steel Seed
  • Plates for Various Seeds
  • Variable Speed Electric Drive
  • Conventional and No-Till Capability

CM7000-HL

Carry cotton high over stalks to prevent tearing and ripping.

  • Length- 58” (without Spears) 146” (with spears)
  • Width- 74”
  • Height- 58” (Storage position)
  • Weight- 2891 lbs.
  • Hitch- CAT III, IVN, or IV
  • Hydraulic Cylinder- 
  • Bore: 6”
  • Stroke: 20”
  • Max Working Pressure: 3000 psi
  • Lift System:
  • Lifting Capacity- 7000 lbs.
  • Module Clearance height: 
  • 60” Lift Links @ 39” or higher (depending on tractor)
  • Spear:
  • 2 ¼ Round Special Alloy Steel
  • Torque Requirements: 
  • ¼ UNC Standard Bolt: 11 ft. lbs. (14 N-m)
  • 5/16 UNC Standard Bolt: 21  ft lbs. (28 N-m)
  • ½ UNC Standard Bolt: 85 ft. lbs (120 N-m)

250-500 lb Fertilizer Hopper

The Economy Fertilzer Applicator is the ideal setup for small acres such as food plots, home gardens, and vegetable growers. This all stainless steel hopper consists of 2 or 3 outlets, removeable auger trough for easy cleaning, 250 lb. capacity hopper. Add the 250 lb. extension to increase capacity to 500 lbs.

  • 2 or 3 outlet Stainless Steel Hopper and Auger
  • Removable Auger Trough for Easy Cleaning
  • Stainless Steel Latches
  • Flexible hoses for maximum elasticity 
  • Ground or Electric Drive available 
  • Ground drive- 42-600 lbs/ac (depending on row spacing)
  • Electric Drive 31-2000lbs/ac (depending on row spacing)
  • 250 lb. hopper capacity
  • Optional 250 lb. stainless extension available for more capacity
  • Optional Stainless Steel lid available
  • Mounts for Pittsburg, 2 ½ Diamond, and Flat Tool Bar included.
  • Side Dress 3-pt frame and Pittsburg Frame available separately.
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