Profits rise when plants are provided with perfect soil conditions in which to thrive. Therefore, proper soil preparation is an important part of crop farming. The process of preparing the soil and establishing crops is highly complex and unique to each farm.
It is based on a wide range of variables, ncluding the crop, the climate, humidity, other growing conditions, and the incorporation of many years of experience of what has been shown to work, or not work, for a particular farm.
Soil preparation involves loosening and processing of the soil to ultimately make the land ready for the introduction of seed into the soil, and it involves a range of processes to reduce soil compaction, increase aeration and promote development of the root systems of plants, reducing weed growth, fertiliser incorporation, crop residues management, and finally the seedbed preparation for planting.
Input costs are constantly rising, therefore selecting the right preparation techniques and equipment to attain the intended outcome, is critical. Versatility is one of the features farmers expect from soil tillage equipment as it simply makes sense to acquire an implement that can be used for various requirements.
The Amazone range of soil cultivation implements offers the farmer everything from entry level solutions, through to the most advanced mechanised agricultural technology to suit every farm’s needs and budget. Amazone implements are distributed in South Africa by Falcon Agricultural
Equipment, and the cultivation range available includes compact disc harrows, cultivators, and rotary harrows.
The Amazone Catros, a compact disc harrow, is ideal for quick, shallow, and intensive stubble-mixing work and operates without plugging, even with high quantities of surface straw.
It is used mainly to incorporate maize stover and wheat stubble, to loosen up grassland or uncultivated land, and to incorporate organic manure. It is available in working widths of 2,5 m to 12 m and can work between 50 mm and 150 mm deep.
The mulch cultivator range includes the Amazone Cenius-2TX trailed mulch cultivator and the Ceus-2TX tine & disc combination cultivator. The Cenius-2TX can be used for jobs from shallow stubble work to deep topsoil loosening and can be adjusted to suit just about every application, including conservation tillage. It is available in a 4 m to 8 m working width and can work at depths between 80 mm to 300 mm.
The Ceus-2TX is the most flexible soil tillage implement in the sector, offering the maximum potential output. It is suitable for stubble cultivation, as well as primary soil tillage, topsoil deep loosening, seedbed preparation and is ideal for farms with plenty of organic matter. It is available in a working width of 4 m to 7 m and works at depths between 80 mm and 300 mm.
The Amazone GreenDrill is a fineseed box that can be used in combination with almost all Amazone tillage implements for sowing cover crops directly into stubble, and is also used for pasture re-seeding. The GreenDrill Seed Hoppers are available in options of 200 ℓ and 500 ℓ.
Amazone offers wide ranges of specifications and optional extras that can be customised to a farmer’s specific requirements. The authorised Amazone dealers and product specialists will gladly advise you on the best options for your specific needs.
Amazone is the leader in German innovation and technology and is at the forefront of innovations for agriculture of the future. Their impressive and comprehensive range of soil cultivation implements should be the first choice for any farmer looking for a quality soil preparation machine.
For more information contact your nearest authorised Falcon dealer or visit www.falconequipment.co.za.