No-till and minimum tillage have gotten a lot more challenging in recent years where we've seen outstanding yields and, as a result, heavy residue. But there are still options for growers looking to manage that heavy residue, while keeping tillage to a minimum. We offer a couple ideas.
Although the concept of vertical tillage has been around for quite a while, there is still a lot of confusion about what exactly vertical tillage is. Not helping is the fact that every manufacturer seems to address it a little differently. So, to help clear up any confusion, here's our take on vertical tillage.
Since it was first introduced to farmers years ago, the term “vertical tillage” has been ingrained in most people’s heads. The definition of it, however, remains a bit fuzzy. Anyone who has compared vertical tillage tools recently has likely noticed this. Between the different configurations and blade options available, no two vertical tillage tools seem to be the same. Of course, this begs the question, “What exactly is vertical tillage, and which unit is right for me?”
For many farmers, tilling in the fall is the best bet for getting a head start on spring planting. At Summers, we’ve designed, tested and built tillage equipment for every conceivable application. Whether you’re into no-till, minimal till, or conventional tillage, chances are we manufacture the right tool to meet your needs. Here’s a rundown of some Summers tillage equipment that you may find useful this fall.
If not managed properly, disease pathogens from one year’s crop can overwinter on residue to infect the next year’s crop. Learn how fall tillage is one tool producers can use to help prevent this from happening.
A clean, weed-free field surface combined with good seed-to-soil contact promotes fast germination and assures the optimal start – likely leading toward more bushels in the fall. There are many ways to prepare a seedbed in the spring, however, and each piece of equipment has its time and place.
Because moisture levels, weather, crops and soils experienced in one corner of the country can differ vastly from another, there is no singular way to tackle tillage in the fall. No-till, minimal till and conventional tillage all have a time and place; but the idea remains the same no matter how fall tillage is accomplished: prepare the seedbed for spring planting.
Conventional tillage tools fitted with coulter blades certainly have their time and place. When conditions are present that require a different approach, however, the Summers VRT2530 is the right fit for the job. Take a look at what makes it unique compared with angled coulters.
A lot of producers have been asking for a new type of universal tillage tool that could provide the benefits of vertical tillage, but with increased aggressiveness over heavy residue. Summers responded by introducing our new VRT2530 variable rate tillage tool. But just what is variable rate tillage, and how does it compare with vertical tillage?
In recent years, there has been increased interest in the European inspired high-speed discs that aggressively mix soil at shallow levels and travel quickly through the field. But rather than copying existing tools on the market, we created a new concept in tillage tools. Find out what makes it better.
Since the invention of the Diamond Disk in 1984, farmers have appreciated its versatility, durability and field finish left behind. But a lot has changed in the 30 years since then, including improvements to the original concept and the introduction of the Summers DT Diamond Disk.