The Sky's the Limit With Vertical Tillage


A vertical tillage tool is one that enters and exits the soil on a vertical plane, hence the name, vertical tillage. By definition, tillage tools that have concave disks and/or angled disk gangs are not true vertical tillage, since they move soil horizontally. This horizontal soil movement can create layers, restricting root growth and hindering moisture flow. On the other hand, a true vertical tillage tool uses straight-tracking coulter blades that slice through the soil, rather than smearing it.

There are many benefits to vertical tillage, including residue and moisture management. It was originally designed for chopping heavy residue and warming wet soil conditions to aid spring planting. But it was eventually adapted for other applications, including residue incorporation in the fall and moisture conservation in minimum till operations.

Vertical Tillage Products:

Supercoultersupercoulter.jpgIntroduced in 1999, the Supercoulter is the original vertical tillage tool. With its rectangular frame, patented hydraulic hitch and two rows of straight-tracking coulter blades, the Supercoulter is still the industry leader in true vertical tillage.

VRT2530 VRT2530-Variable-Rate-Tillage-RP.jpgThe VRT2530 variable-rate tillage tool allows you to adjust tillage aggressiveness on the go. It offers vertical tillage performance with the ability to switch to more conventional tillage to bury heavy residue as field conditions require.

DT Diamond Disk Dimond-DT-Category.jpgThe DT Diamond Disk is not a true vertical tillage tool, since it has angled disk gangs and slightly concave disks. It does, however, offer many of the same benefits as vertical tillage, such as residue sizing.