It is important to ensure the right cultivations – if any – are used, and at the right time, get it wrong and they will have implications though out the season and in the worst case could result in crop failure or increased weed pressures. By offering a wide range of cultivation methods – as well as direct drilling! – We can ensure that whatever our customers requirement, we have the machinery available to help carryout the job to our high standards.
Ploughing – Ploughing still remains an important cultivation method, both for burying crop residues and weed seeds to help create a clean seed bed, and also to help relieve compaction and help improve soil structure.
We operate a Kverneland 5 furrow hydraulic vari-width plough, with no28 bodies – these allow larger tyres to be run in the furrow bottom without squashing previously ploughed ground. The hydraulic vari-width allows the furrow width to be changed from the cab, allowing changes to be made quickly and easily for different conditions or neatly ploughing around obstacles.
Low Disturbance Subsoiling – Subsoiling is great way of helping to relieve compaction and help with soil drainage. Relieving compaction below the depth of ploughing or general cultivations can also help to increase crop yields as it allows crop roots to grow deeper more easily, increasing the plants ability to withstand dry conditions. Our subsoiler uses low disturbance Metcalfe NG legs.
Stubble Cultivating – Plough based cultivation systems can be costly, slow and it’s sometimes hard to get a good seedbed. Using a tine and disc cultivator can help to reduce costs, save time and could even help to get a better seedbed. Using the tines to move the ground down to ploughing depth, but without inverting it means that compaction can be relieved while also keeping earth worms happy! The worms help to improve soil structure and will pull straw and crop residues from the surface, helping to break them down. The discs then work at a shallower depth, chopping and mixing the stubble and straw etc while the packer helps to break up clods, and create a firm, weather-proof surface.
We operate a Gegoire Besson Discordon one pass cultivator for heavy, non inversion tillage. With its combination of large discs, deep working legs and rear packer.
We also operate a 6m Kuhn Prolander which is perfect for a shallow, fast pass, across stubble to mix crop residues and move the top 25-75mm of soil to encourage blackgrass to germinate.
We can also offer –
● Power Harrowing
● Cambridge Rolling
To book, or discuss an operation further please call Matt on 07845 667331