Late season rainfall may have come too late for winter crops in some parts of the country, but vertical tillage offers farmers an opportunity to harness the benefit of increased soil moisture levels.
KUHN Machinery NSW territory manager Gerard Cusack said spring was the perfect time to observe ground moisture and improve soil fertility.
‘‘Recent rain has arrived too late for many winter crop producers in northern NSW, southern Queensland and northern Western Australia, but KUHN soil preparation tools can help farmers maximise the benefits of late season rain for future crop cycles,’’ Mr Cusack said.
‘‘Vertical tillage, in particular, offers a proven, effective method for minimising rainfall run-off and improving evaporation losses, leading to higher crop yields.’’
Mr Cusack said KUHN’s new Excelerator 8005 provides exceptional residue cutting, soil and residue mixing and seedbed preparation in one pass.
‘‘The physical, chemical and biological condition of soil can have a significant impact on farm income by affecting crop yields,’’ he said.
‘‘Working with the soil vertically, rather than side-to-side enables moisture to sink into the soil profile, preventing water running off and erosion.
‘‘Plants also develop a strong root system with vertical tillage farming and are therefore less susceptible to drought and wind damage.’’
The Excelerator 8005 Vertical Tillage System also saves time, by utilising an exclusive four-step process to capture and slice, cut and remove, mix and anchor and size and firm.
‘‘True vertical tillage delivers residue cutting and soil mixing without soil shearing or smearing in the critical zone for seed placement and young seedling root development,’’ Mr Cusack said.
‘‘The Excelerator 8005 is one of the only vertical tillage systems that enables farmers to choose to either move soil laterally to fill ruts and smooth fields or leave more residue to meet requirements for highly erodible land conditions.’’
Mr Cusack said the machine’s excalibur blades were designed to meet the challenges of cutting through genetically modified organism residue and provide superior seedbed preparation in high residue situations.
The KUHN Excelerator is available in 3m to 15m working widths and can be ordered now for the 2018 season.
For more information, visit: www.kuhn.com.au