The steady advance in technology across the farm machinery sector has caught up with the design of good old-fashioned tillage equipment too. We’ve seen a steady stream of new and more sophisticated versions introduced this year from many brands. Take a look at just some of what debuted in the past 12 months.
Versatile introduced the Fury, which is also available in the Farm King brand as the HS8500. It’s a high-speed compact disc available in working widths of 25 to 40 feet. The Fury is designed for field speeds of 10 m.p.h. and working depths of 2.5 to five inches. Blades sizes are 20 to 26 inches.
Sweden’s Väderstad is now offering its Carrier L and XL disc tillage implements in Canada with the “Double SteelRunner” rear soil reconsolidation packer option.
The Double SteelRunner is designed for improved soil reconsolidation and clod breaking. It dries soil faster, which can help farmers get onto fields sooner when excess moisture has been a problem.
Summers Manufacturing of North Dakota added another implement to its “Variable Rate Tillage” equipment product line with the introduction of the VRT Renegade. Operators can use a cab-mounted iPad as the controller to reset the implement on the go to adapt to changing field conditions.
The controller connects wirelessly to the iControl computer mounted on the implement. Front and rear disc blades angles can be changed independently from zero to 19 degrees. That allows the Renegade to switch from very light to more aggressive tillage without stopping. It can also adjust the hitch to transfer more weight to the front or rear discs.
John Deere replaced its 2410 chisel plow models with the updated 2430s. According to the brand, the new 2430s will provide better soil levelling and deal more easily with heavy surface trash.
The 2430s use Deere’s TruSet depth and down pressure control system, which is another system that allows for on-the-go adjustments. Among other features, TruSet brings a side-to-side option for individual section depth control in the wider three- and five-frame models.
Deere also debuted a pair of high-speed discs — the 2660VT and 2680H.
The 2660VT is available in six models with gang angles that can be set from zero degrees, for sizing residue and vertical soil movement, to 12 degrees, for aggressive horizontal soil movement and to bury crop residue. That change can be made with a manual slider or by using TruSet for more precise, one-degree adjustments.
The 2660VT sees the introduction of the 22-inch (55.8 cm), heavy-duty Commander blade. It offers a “double-cut” edge to more easily penetrate hard soils and size and mix residue.
Deere calls the 2680H a “true spring and fall tillage tool.” It is capable of field speeds of 10 to 14 m.p.h. (16 to 22.5 km/h) and uses 20-inch (50.8-centimetre) smooth or notched disc blades mounted on a rubber torsion suspension system with nine inches of travel for contouring.
There are 15 different 2680H models with working widths ranging from eight feet (2.4 metres) to 45 feet (13.7 metres).
This year Germany’s Lemken set up a permanent Canadian subsidiary to improve its ability to provide parts and equipment distribution as well as to enhance sales across the country. In addition, it also had another new implement to add to its product line here.
The Rubin 10 will replace the Rubin 9 when it begins production in January 2019. The Rubin 10 boasts a wider range of capabilities that allows it to provide both shallow and deeper, more aggressive tillage functions.
Case expanded its AFS Soil Command agronomic control technology this year. It’s now available on the Tiger-Mate 255 field cultivator, single-fold True-Tandem disk harrow and vertical tillage tools, as well as the EcoloTiger 875 disk ripper.
Controlled by the AFS Pro700 monitor, the technology allows for in-cab changes to tillage implements. It has up to four pre-sets that can be saved and used with just the press of a button.