Following harvest, the soil of a farm needs to be loosened in order to sow the seeds for the next season of crops. This process is commonly referred to as tillage. The traditional method of tillage usually involves using a plough either manually or with the help of a tractor to create the seedbed.
However, this often leads to the soil being exposed to the natural elements which can harm it. As an answer to this modern mechanical tillage systems have been invented that can perform the same task without the harmful side effects.
Let us take a look at some of the characteristics of modern tillage systems.
Accelerating breakdown of stubble
One of the primary reasons for performing tillage is to remove the crop residue from the previous harvest. Unless this residue is removed completely the growth of new crops will not be even. Many farmers tend to burn away their stubble, but this is a very harmful process for both the soil and the environment.
Modern land tillage systems that employ disc-chain or other such mechanisms ensure that the stubble is broken down right to its root. This speeds-up the biodegradation process through microbial breakdown. It also enriches the soil by ensuring that the nutrients from the residue stubble re-enters the soil.
The usage of herbicide is a common process alongside traditional tillage systems. As we all might know herbicide can cause various reactions in the soil that are hazardous to the soil quality and also to the ecosystem. Constant reliance on herbicide makes the soil weaker and in the long run, can cause a major problem for farmers. Certain forms of soil are also resistant to the effects of herbicides.
Modern tillage machines perform the process at a shallow level that allows for the removal of weeds while also maintaining land integrity. So, the seedbed is created without any hassle or any negative effects to the soil.
Traditional tillage techniques vary according to the soil type. This requires knowledge on the part of the farmer to ensure that the right method of tillage is being used to perform the seedbed creation. And for soil that is extra rough the traditional tillage techniques can often fall short.
Tillage machines that feature a chain-based mechanism can perform a thorough tillage on all types of soils regardless of its nature. Since the chain tension and disc shape can be altered, the roughness of the soil never poses a problem and the tillage process is even and thorough.
Not only does a tractor consume huge amounts of fuel, but they are also prone to breaking down and require constant servicing. As a result, a farmer spends a huge amount of budget on the tillage activity alone. This is not the case with modern tillage systems. They are low power systems and also outlive most other tillage mechanisms.
Shifting to a modern tillage system will save any farmer both time and money. And since these can be used on any type of land, no extra machinery will be required to perform the process.
While the discs of a modern tillage system break down the stubble, it also ensures that the residue is evenly placed over the field as a cover for the topsoil. This can be done within the process of applying the new seeds and it once again saves time. The entire process can be performed by applying just one run of the tillage system over the farmland.
So, with the help of a tillage machine, you can remove the previous topsoil, let enough air into the soil, prepare a fresh layer of topsoil, and also perform the seeding process. And all of this can be done within one go of the machine!
All of the aforementioned characteristics of a modern tillage system can be found in the Kelly Tillage machine. It uses a unique diamond-shaped mechanism along with a disc-chain that makes it an all-round performer. So, if you want to ensure top-notch residue management, seedbed preparation, weed control, and low operational cost – shift to the Kelly Tillage System today!