REMOVE DENSITY-CHANGE LAYERS
If transitioning from conventional tillage to vertical tillage or no-till, the first step is to remove all density layers. The soil profile must be reset by fracturing the density layers with a deep vertical tillage implement.
MAINTAIN DENSITY & MANAGE RESIDUE
Once all density layers have been removed, the soil profile must be maintained from year to year. Wheel compaction and ruts from the previous year should be removed with a vertical tillage tool. Residue must also be managed to ensure even emergence.
Spring vertical tillage must maintain soil density, size residue, and create an ideal seedbed for planting. The rolling spike harrow and reel combination on the Turbo-Max creates a smooth, level surface on top and at seeding depth to ensure even emergence.
Herbicide-resistant weeds, as well as organic and non-GM commodities, have increased producer interest in conventional tillage tools as a weed control method. Sweep-type tools will sever, uproot, and kill emerged weeds that compete for water, nutrients, and sunlight.