(Mayfield) is situated near Stanger on the KwaZulu Natal North
Coast. Mayfield was established in 1983 to provide an ergonomic and
cost effective knapsack fertilizer applicator to manually apply
fertilizer to sugarcane crops.
Typically, manual fertilizer application is applied using tins or by
physical hand application to the crop rows. These methods are
inaccurate and uneconomical, and can result in health hazards
associated with the physical contact with fertilizer.
The product concept was developed to improve productivity and
accuracy of manual fertilizer application on Mayfield Farm. The
product proved so effective, it was patented in 1983 and
successfully applied throughout the sugar belt of the KwaZulu Natal
Mayfield has recently been acknowledged with the “Innovation Award”
at the annual South African International Sugar Association
Conference 2005 for the impact and contribution the Mayfield
Knapsack Fertilizer has made over the years to the South Africa
The Mayfield Fertilizer Applicator (the Applicator) is ergonomically
designed to fit comfortably as a knapsack on the operator’s back.
The knapsack holds the fertilizer, which is applied by a control
device that regulates the flow of fertilizer at the required rate of
application. The Mayfield Applicator allows for improved labour
productivity, greater accuracy and uniformity in application, and
does not require any physical contact with the fertilizer material
by the operator.
Since 1997 the Applicator has been diversified and new applicator
product lines designed that can be applied across the agricultural
Mayfield Products are currently the most accurate and cost effective
means to apply fertilizer manually. Current Mayfield Products
Fertilizer Knapsack Applicators – a poly bag or
type with single or double row configuration.
Fertilizer or Nematicide Knapsack Dispensers – 0.4
grams, 5 to 25 grams or 20 to 300 grams.
Mayfield Tobacco Topping
Mayfield Spot Spray Gun.
Mayfield Lever Arm
These products are a cost effective and productive means of applying
fertilizer in a non-mechanised environment. They are particularly
relevant in low cost, developing agriculture.