“The ability to precisely apply a variety of liquid products via furrow banding at seeding time is now possible, however caution must be taken in regard to how this can be achieved. Too often, individuals have received advice on system design from questionable sources. The extremely corrosive nature of some liquids and product compatibility problems can be a serious cause for concern. Correct choice of materials and the correct choice of components are essential, but merely the first step in good system design. It’s the combination, the correct interaction and interfacing of all the parts of the system together with the correct choice of products to be applied that make for a good liquid banding experience.” — Peter Burgess CEO
First used on the grey calcareous soils of the West Coast of South Australia as a cheap and effective source of P. Phosphoric Acid is an extremely corrosive product and its use as a liquid fertilizer is not condoned by Liquid Systems (SA). Our products now carry this Warning Label.
The advantages of liquid furrow banding are fast becoming recognized. Premium liquids with associated compatible trace elements and fungicides remain the preferred products to band as there are very few handling or application problems experienced with their use. The popularity of liquid banding is now spawning an alternative category of budget products. Be cautious if contemplating their use as there can be serious handling and application problems associated with some of these products. The practice of liquid furrow banding is now rapidly gaining popularity in the Eastern States and some information given to farmers may well be sales driven in regard to product alone with little consideration as to how that product can actually be dispersed. Just be aware!
Always check compatibilities of products. For example, some zinc formulations have proven to be incompatible with UAN. WA sources are the most knowledgeable.