Tillage will see the first public demo for Cousins’ Surface cultivator, their innovatory reduced depth system that has proven effective against black grass infestation.
Their agronomist and design partners Hutchinsons are well into a five year plan on their test farm and already have results to prove the cultivator’s pivotal role in their black grass strategy.
The Surface cultivator incorporates a new tine design which, in conjunction with Razor Rings, provokes weed germination for effective weed control with total herbicide prior to sowing the crop.
The tines work at a consistent shallow depth of 2″ (50mm) with a precise level of control. The shallower working depth makes for very energy efficient cultivations, encouraging grass weed seed in the top layer of soil to germinate, leaving seeds at lower levels undisturbed.
Field trials confirm that the machine can provide ideal seedbed conditions for a range of cultivator drills in use and will potentially offer wide working widths at a power requirement of around 50hp/metre and forward speeds up to 9km/h ideal for controlled traffic situations.
The new model is the latest product to emerge from Cousins’ collaborative work with Hutchinsons, bringing together the skills of the agronomist and the machinery specialist.
V-Form is a long established Cousins product that has shown great flexibility in adapting to farming’s ever changing needs. From the initial staggered subsoiler concept with robust ‘level lift’ feet, long recognised as a fast and effective soil loosening system, through the addition of OSR seeders and more recently the introduction of Micro-Wing option.
The shallow working Micro-Wing tines are followed by targeted seeding and razor ring ‘leg zone’ press wheels which focus consolidation over the seeded areas within the cultivated ‘leg zone’ ensuring consistent seed depth and coverage with minimal moisture loss. The result is rapid and even emergence of the crop which allows for treatment with pre-emergence herbicide and help with the slug pressure burden.
Shallow working at a target depth of 75-100mm avoids destruction of natural soil fissures and worm burrows promoting a robust root system with subsequent increased nutrient and water uptake. The Micro-Wing tines disturb less than 20% of the soil with each pass which requires much less horse power and provides excellent fuel economy.