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Falc Rotary Stip-Till c/w Rippers & Rear Linkage
The FarmChief Rotary Strip Till creates a perfect seedbed for precision crop planting in a single pass. Combined with the Xact Precision Planter and front fertiliser tank to cultivate, fertilise and plant, all at once. How’s that for efficiency?
Strip-Till is a soil conservation system that has been booming in recent years due to efficiencies found by combining fertilization, sub-soiling, hoeing and seeding into a one-pass technology that only cultivates soil where the plant is actually planted. This reduces the passes required on a paddock.
While speeding up cultivation time and reducing money spent, it’s also environmentally friendly; the untilled strips help prevent and reduce erosion and soil compaction while preserving moisture levels.
The harsh New Zealand winters make Strip-Tillage the perfect solution for protecting the soil when grazing stock on fodder crops through the winter. Reducing the work needed on these paddocks means maintaining the soil structure for spring cultivation.
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Daryl Johnstone runs a large-scale contracting business in Southern and Eastern Southland servicing clients within a 60km radius of the company’s base in Tokanui. They take care of everything from spraying right through to baling, and all the cultivation in between, including the sowing of all seeds. (If you’re in the area and would like to get in touch, visit www.johnstone.co.nz.)
A couple of enquiries from regular clients about planting Fodder Beet with precision planters led Daryl to ask around about farmer interest. “I did a bit of homework first and looked at the options.” The feedback was encouraging.
Daryl says he has a good relationship with FarmChief so this was where he started.
The six row Xact planter he bought has more than met his expectations.
“It’s been great. It’s accurate, easy to use and it delivers great results. And it has the benefits of fertiliser bins as well.”
“It is the modern-day ridger.”
Daryl has been using the precision planter mostly on Fodder Beet crops with a few farmers giving Precision Swedes a go for the first time. “I see Precision sown Swedes being the future with this planter in our area.”
He says the planter has worked well across all soil types and he says, with its performance and reliability there’s more certainty. “You can relax a bit.”
Daryl says he’s appreciated FarmChief’s support in the set-up, and there after sale service has been “brilliant”. “There was someone on site on the first day and they are always available after that on the phone. That was very valuable.”
- Xact 6 row Precision Planter