Croplands expands for 50th anniversary

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Croplands marks its 50-year anniversary by expanding its Adelaide operations

Spray equipment company Croplands Equipment is marking its 50-year anniversary in 2022 by expanding its Adelaide assembly plant, helping it bring products to market faster for the benefit of Australian farmers.

The expanded facility, situated at Dry Creek in the city’s north, will mean more capacity and greater efficiency for Croplands, enabling faster order turnaround.

Croplands has sold in excess of 15,000 Weed-It optical spot spraying sensors

Croplands Equipment general manager Sean Mulvaney says the expansion will create new employment opportunities as the company’s current facility increases in size by 40 per cent.

"An ever-expanding product range and growing demand for Croplands products has been the catalyst for our expansion at Dry Creek," he says.

"We pride ourselves on being resourceful and adaptable in meeting the needs of our customers and this investment will only increase our capacity to do so.

"The expansion will also mean we have greater stock on-hand to support farmers so they can be as efficient as possible."

Since its inception in 1972, Croplands has grown to become one of the most popular sprayer brands on the market, servicing the broadacre, horticulture, viticulture, tree crop, compact and home garden sectors.

The company has a long history of delivering practical solutions for farmers across the world, which began when Croplands founder Miles Deck developed the original Cropliner air-blast sprayer in the 1970s.

Croplands Equipment general manager Sean Mulvaney

Mulvaney says other examples of these practical solutions include Weed-It optical spot spraying technology for broadacre farmers and the Quantum Mist sprayers for vineyards and tree crops.

"We have sold in excess of 15,000 Weed-It sensors, which demonstrates how Australian farmers are chasing the latest technology to drive sustainability and efficiency by only spraying the parts of the paddock that need to be sprayed," he says.

"The Quantum Mist is another terrific example of cutting-edge technology, with its axial-driven hydraulic fans creating a turbulence among the leaves of vines or trees that produces unrivalled coverage and has been a game-changer in vineyard spraying.

"Our equipment is designed to help crops and farmers thrive.

"Croplands has been owned by Nufarm since 1988, but we continue to be guided by the strong family values that marked our beginning back in the 1972 with Miles Deck and the Cropliner."

Croplands is expanding its facility, creating more jobs

Mulvaney says the collaboration with Nufarm has enabled Croplands to support its customers from selecting machinery and equipment right through to their application in the field.

"Through Nufarm, we have a major focus on chemical stewardship and together we hold many SprayWise application days," he says.

"That means our customers don’t just get the sprayer, they also get the support in nozzle selection and best practice spray application as well."

In addition to expanding its assembly plant, Croplands will be marking its 50th year with a number of product releases, which will be announced later in 2022.

"We will continue to partner with farmers across Australia and the world to bring them the equipment they need to be profitable and productive," Mulvaney says.

"Key to that will be our strong relationships with our dealer network and the back-up of our tech team on the ground."

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