What to look for in a vertical tillage tool
When selecting a vertical tillage tool, producers should keep several factors in mind:
- Erodibility of the soil
- Fall tillage program
- Residue breakdown
- Crops grown
- Crop rotations
Producers should also fully-investigate products that claim to be “vertical tillage.” Some companies are marketing equipment as vertical tillage tools, when in fact they are retrofitted disks with low-concavity fluted disc blades, meaning they are essentially high-speed disks that create density layers and ridges. Products that have straight coulters on coil springs do work the soil vertically, but they also create an inconsistent seedbed because they are forced up in denser soil and tough stalks and work deeper in light soil.