Due to increasing requirements for field hygiene, as well as greater attention on groundwater conservation, shallow soil tillage is becoming increasingly important. Weed seeds and volunteer grains need to be kept near the soil surface, while germinated plants should be cut off at the root. Full surface, light soil movement not only fights weeds but also disrupts negative water capillary action near the surface. This allows groundwater to be preserved for the subsequent crop.
To meet this, manufacturers are developing duckfoot shares, said to be the most suitable tool for shallow, full surface cultivation. For its range of Cenio and Cenius machines, Amazone offers the C-Mix share with a width of 320mm. As tine spacing is 300mm, this provides a 20mm overlap between the shares for movement of the entire soil surface. The C-Mix is flat along its entire width, to cut through weeds and volunteers, leaving them to dry out.
The wear condition of these shares is extremely important. To increase the working life, Amazone will now offer the duckfoot share in a wear-resistant HD variant. This features additional hard metal plates that are soldered into place and continually self-sharpen during operation. This is said to extend the service life considerably and ensure consistent results.
For more information go to www.amazone.co.uk