May 09, 2013
Farmers aiming to establish spring crops must work carefully to ensure they remove any compaction and ‘capping’, while avoiding losing the surface tilth and replacing it with raw, unweathered soil from deeper in the profile.
Compaction is evident in many un-drilled fields this spring, says David Holmes, UK Sales Director for Great Plains, and needs to be removed effectively:
“Any remaining compaction would risk spring crops suffering poorer or delayed germination. As well as risking reducing yield, any delay in crop development could mean the disruption caused to 2012/13’s crops could roll over into another year.
“The variety of causes of this problem make it essential to dig holes and determine how deep-set the problem is”, he says.
“Where it was caused by field operations being done in damp conditions last autumn then a deep working machine like a FlatLiner, DTX or SLD may be required to remove it.
“But shallower problems – including compaction due to livestock trampling over the winter – may be able to be removed by using our DTX or 3m X-Press and ST Bar.
“The key is to re-structure the deeper soil effectively, so the aggregates are re-arranged properly without moving soil to the surface, and retain the surface tilth at the surface where it needs to be.
“Using elements like our LD (Low Surface Disturbance) legs – which can now be fitted to our Flatliner, DTX, SLD, SL models, and our ST-Bar - can help achieve this”.