There are two key factors
in understanding when to carry out this agricultural processing.
You need to know the type
and characteristics of your land
well and consider the climate
you have in a given season
Briefly, they can be divided into two categories: Tenacious and Light.
STRIP-TILL on TOUGH GROUND
By tenacious soil we mean a soil rich in silt and clay.
To use Strip Tillage processing on these types of terrain, it is necessary to intervene before the arrival of winter.
Why before winter?
In this way the entry into the field with the machinery (Strip Tiller) is favored before the operation becomes impracticable.
Another factor, perhaps more important.
In winter you can take advantage of the particular climatic conditions of the cold season (ice, rain, wind, low temperatures, etc.)
Using these atmospheric agents to your advantage allows you to have greater control over the soil, so as to make the clods burst and prepare the seedbed in the best possible way.
If necessary in the spring a second very light pass can be included (here it is important to set the machine with light working tools), to prepare the seedbed.
Strip Tillage in winter
STRIP-TILL on LIGHT GROUND
Soil is light when it contains a high percentage of sand.
On land of this type, it is possible to intervene through Strip Tillage directly in Spring.
In the case of loose soils (such as very sandy soils) it is possible to apply a Seeder to the Strip Tiller (or use multifunctional tools such as Strip Hawk Planter).
The maximum efficiency of the strip hawk is obtained in combination with a seeder (possibly hooking it up with the special trolley).
By doing so, you can conveniently carry out Soil Preparation and Sowing at the same time. Using the right Strip Tiller you can make your agriculture more efficient by combining the different agricultural processes!
THE SPECIAL CASE OF SECOND HARVESTS – COLZA
The Strip Till technique is widely used even after the typical winter crops (wheat, barley, rye, etc.), for the sowing of soy, corn and sorghum in second harvest.
Second Harvest with Strip Till
For high-level results, it is best to proceed with machinery such as Strip Hawk Planter. With the rapid processing of Strip Planter (which does Strip Till and Sow at the same time) the loss of moisture in the soil is drastically reduced, to the advantage of the uniformity of germination of the chosen crop.
Strip Tillage with Rapeseed
Do you already have a seeder at home?
No problem! The Strip Tiller can adopt a special trolley to hook your seeder.
One of the crops for which we recommend the Strip-Till cultivation is certainly Rapeseed, as, given the sowing time (late summer), the conditions are very similar to a second crop.
For rapeseed, we know it is essential to center the sowing window.
A Strip Tiller + Seeder is the right vehicle for this mission, managing to do everything in a much shorter time frame.
But how do you go in practice from traditional agricultural processing to more efficient agriculture with Strip-Tillage?