Tillage Innovation Profiles

 

Harry Buurma, Watford, Lambton
Soil Type: Clay | Farm Operation: Cash Crop
Years in Operation of Coulter Harrow:

Tillage/Cropping System

System: Coulter Harrow
Fall Tillage: non
Spring Tillage: Turbo Till

Planter Make, Model and Description
  • CaseIH Cyclo 900 with dry fertilizer and Yetter fertilizer colters
Tillage/Coulter Dimensions:
  • 18 inch coulter blades out front of Turbo Till. Came with 20-inch coulters.

Fertilizer System:
Liquid In furrow:
Broadcast:
Dry Banded:
Additional Nitrogen on Planter:
Sidedress N:

Great Plains Turbo Till
Producer's Comments

Pros

Cons

  • Shallow pass (2 deep) loosens residue, opens soil to create seed bed.
  • Deeper pass (4 deep) fractures top 2-3 of soil and creates 1 of seed bed.
  • Keeps macro-pores somewhat undamaged.
  • Residue incorporated in top 1 of soil.
  • 2 passes- reasonable seed bed.
  • High Horsepower usage
  • On clay ground and severe drought- not enough bare ground for the roots to head out.
  • Expensive to purchase.
  • New types/costs to maintain.
  • Does not incorporate residue into 3 of tilled ground, most on top.