on Thursday, September 14, 2017
On September 13th Reynolds Farm Equipment hosted Tillage Demo Day '17, with over a hundred attendees. The forecasted rainy weather held out for a crisp fall day, allowing the Reynolds Ag Equipment Experts to answer any tillage questions while showcasing hands-on demonstrations featuring Kuhn Krause, Landoll, Salford and John Deere fall tillage tools.
As Reynolds puts a close to Tillage Demo Day '17, here are 4 Important Things to Know & Remember About Fall Tillage:
- CHOICES: Today, there are a lot of choices in regards to tillage equipment. Complicating decisions more, manufacturers are making some updates or even releasing all new tools because most tillage tools today are running with 50 plus-year-old technology. Farmers are just now really starting to see big changes in the way tools are being designed and configured. For example, ground contacting points have changed a lot in their design and material makeup, users are now able to change depth and leveling set points on the go. For a farmer to pin down which of these vast tools they need on their operations they should first understand what they are wanting to do.
- OPTIONS: Too often I hear the phrase “my neighbor has this and I like what I see.” However, from visiting with hundreds of farms every year, I can tell you first hand that no two farms are exactly alike. When you involve your local and trusted Ag Equipment Expert with what you are wanting to do with your soil he/she can give you options of what will best fit your needs and wants. Reynolds Farm Equipment handles many different brands of tools with each of those brands have many different options and configurations.
- ADJUSTMENTS: Keep in mind that with any modern tool or piece of equipment, just how complex they can be. All tools have fine adjustments that are needed to be made along the way. In generality make sure the tool is sitting level (much like we do on planter toolbars) and then start at the hitch. Make the needed adjustments as far as levelness on each side and fore and aft. Lastly, get in the cab to check that hydraulic adjustments can be made through the entire swing of motion because the tractor's hydraulic constant flow is giving the tool the needed pressures. Remeber to do these things with the same thoroughness in which you set up your planters with allowing your tools to work just as they were designed.
- WATER: Look at rainfall more diligently as 1 inch of standing water over 1 acre of ground could mean a total weight of over 226,000 pounds per acre. Many times in Central Indiana, continuous rain allows water to stand for longer periods of time allowing the ground to be sealed completely. Probing the ground a couple of inches below the hardpan would see water run off issues next year and possibly even plant stress as roots will try to navigate through water compacted ground. Even no-till farmers should consider running some sort of Sub-Soil Ripper where water sat just to loosen up tight ground.
Any our Central Indiana Reynolds Farm Equipment locations carries a complete line of farm equipment including primary tillage, secondary tillage, seeding, and planting equipment. Contact our team of Ag Equipment Experts to answer any questions you might have!