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Super Air move ‘going to plan’

THE move to the Gisborne district has paid off for Super Air and for farmers, with more market capacity and a second option to get farmers fertiliser when they want it on.

Super Air moved an aircraft to Gisborne in the early part of the New Year and began operations here as a result of farmers asking them to set up a permanent base.

“It’s going according to plan and we are keen to continue to speak to farmers to outline the economic, agronomic and environmental benefits of constant and variable rate application,” said Super Air manager John Elliott.

The company has a Cresco aircraft based in Gisborne flown by Matt Wilson.

“Between us and the incumbent supplier Farmers Air we are getting product in a more timely way.

“There was not enough capacity in the market previously to spread the product, but now we are here farmers are getting a better chance to get fertiliser on when they want it,” Mr Elliott said.

At this stage Super Air continue to have just one aircraft operating here.

“But we can have another three in here within 25 minutes from Rotorua, Whakatane or Taupo if required.

“One thing we do differently as a business is move our 12 aircraft around to meet demand and ensure our customers always get their fertiliser on when required.”

Mr Elliott said the other key point of difference was their aircraft have computer controlled spread hydraulics.

“. . . which allows us to place fertiliser far more accurately, and we can do multiple application rates in one pass over a piece of farmland.”

He said farm-scale trials over several years in the Gisborne region have shown 16 percent less area covered with better precision, 11 percent more nutrient applied and 6.5 percent less fertiliser required.

“We’re seeing a lot of growth since we committed a dedicated plane to the area, and the team are getting fantastic feedback from hill country farmers.

“The farmers are reporting growing more pasture with fertilisers going on in a timely manner with attention to detail on the spread.”

Super Air recently held a successful two day annual conference in Gisborne where its 30 staff from around the North Island gathered.

GETTING FERTILISER WHEN NEEDED: The company recently held a conference in Gisborne, attending were (from left) Taupo pilot Rob Pridham, Thames pilot Richard Donnelly, Super Air manager John Elliott and Gisborne pilot Matt Wilson. Pictures supplied
Super Air have been spreading fertiliser on farms around the district for half-a-year now and things have been going “according to plan”.