Extensive agricultural contracting experience, which Stephen Kelly has gained over the last thirty years, laid the foundations for his innovative LimepHro.
The Co. Carlow native designed the bolt-on attachment to respond to the problem of lime dust and wind drift from lime spreading to ensure maximum soil benefits.
As an agricultural contractor, he sees first-hand, some “very serious” hazards associated with lime spreading, including the safety of road users and operators and environmental issues.
He said he “could see a lot of lime being spread was floating up into the atmosphere or into a neighbour’s field”, and this prompted him to devise this innovative solution.
Kelly stated that his product – which he showcased at this year’s National Ploughing Championships – enables farmers to “significantly” reduce wind drift associated with lime spreading.
- Reduce dust and wind drift when spreading;
- Is wind friendly;
- Helps to avoid lime drifting across water and roadways;
- Easy to use.
Stephen, who runs the business with his wife, Carol, told That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane:
“The LimepHro attachment reduces the amount of lime that becomes windborne, preventing lime drift across roads and into waterways.”
“LimepHro can allow lime to be spread, even in windy conditions, allowing for a wider spreading window for farmers.”
“It is suitable for many types and models of lime spreaders. This is the ultimate attachment to optimise the benefits of lime spreading.”
The product has hydraulically operated booms which drop down, forming a canopy, with the option to add a water mist if you require.
“LimepHro has been designed to slow the travel of dust, ensuring an even spread of lime. Customers have given very positive feedback. One said that this was the first time they saw lime spread where all trees were not covered in lime.”
According to Teagasc, lime corrects soil acidity, thus maximising the availability of nutrients from soil, which affects plant growth.
Kelly concluded by saying that lime is a logical and environmentally friendly product to correct the pH of the soil; plus, it could also reduce the quantity of fertiliser farmers require.
For further information on the LimepHro attachment, please contact Stephen Kelly via phone: +353 87273808 or email: [email protected].
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