Hydraulic reset keeps you moving
The 28-inch shanks with automatic, hydraulic reset set the Landoll 2512 apart from most other in-line rippers. This seven-shank model has a pull-type hitch. Three-point models are also available. The heavy-duty, 6-by-6-inch frame and big gauge wheels give shanks all the support they need to go as deep as necessary, and as deep as you can pull the ripper. Contact Landoll Corp., Marysville, Kan., at 800-428-5655 or visit landoll.com.
One pass of Lemken’s newest Rubin model allows for stability when going up slopes, thanks to a symmetrical disk arrangement and welded, distantly spaced mounting arms. It performs surface tillage at working depths between 2.5 inches and 6 inches. Due to optimized clearance between disks, it operates without plugging. The Rubin 10 is available for $75,000 to $80,000. Contact Lemken, West Fargo, N.D., at lemken.com.
Farmer’s tillage hot rod
A new deep-tillage machine, Omnis FT16, is one that can be modified for all your tillage needs. It’s on 15-inch spacing, but it can be customized to your farm’s needs. You can add rolling baskets or a harrow option. It cuts down 12 inches deep with trip shanks that weigh 1,800 pounds to help with horizontal fracture. Feel free to add cutting coulters in front to help rip the soil. There’s also a rear hitch option for anhydrous application. Contact Horsch, Mapleton, N.D., at 701-532-1000, ext. 563, or visit horsch.com.
Dual tillage tool
Mandako has a new machine that is both a vertical tillage tool and a high-speed disk. Mandako Storm has independent suspension and no gangs. The toolbar hydraulic angle adjustment is from 0 to 14 degrees, and it adjusts on the go in the cab. It can run straight blades or concave blades and features easily replaceable coulter hubs. The Storm folds for narrow transport. Total machine sizes range from 13 to 40 feet, and the machine comes in green or black. Contact Mandako, Plum Coulee, Manitoba, at 888-525-5892 or visit mandako.com.
Hybrid tillage tool
In between true vertical tillage and conventional tillage is Great Plains Manufacturing Velocity HS2100. The company is known for its vertical-tillage concept with in-line blades. This new tool has a little more angle and moves soil horizontally, making for better weed kill. It’s like a disk harrow. The implement comes in three sections, with sizes up to 35 feet. Add the speed blade option, which turns disks 5% faster than traditional straight blades. Contact Great Plains, Salina, Kan., at 800-270-9302 or visit greatplainsag.com.
Toolbar series transports easily
The new toolbar series from Hawkins Ag, Holdrege, Neb., and AgroDeviate is built for safety, ease of transport and convenience getting the machine in and out of the shed. Fold angles of the 16-row unit have been increased to decrease transport width by almost 4 feet and reduce the height of the machine by 3 feet. The entire wing of the unit also has flexibility built in, allowing the unit to follow the contour. Focused on the mounted implement market, this toolbar is built with half-inch steel to last. Contact Hawkins Ag at 308-708-8185 or visit hawkinsag.com.
Collect data while cultivating
Turn your field cultivator of various colors into more than a tillage tool — use it to collect data, too. Using sensors from Veris Technologies and the company’s iScan+ Flex technology, collect soil moisture data that accurately reflects the actual percentage of moisture in the soil. The Flex tech also senses soil temperature and measures organic matter. With the Flex tech, you can switch tillage settings on the go, using an intuitive in-cab interface to fine-tune seedbed prep. Contact Veris Technologies, Salina, Kan., at 785-825-1978 or visit veristech.com.
Handle strip-till chores
If strip tillage fits your farm, check out Strip Cat, now being offered by Hawkins Ag. The company bills it as a tough and dependable residue, nutrient and seedbed management system tool. Note the various options for closers on the back, from iron tires, to a rolling basket over each row, to packing wheels. Easy-access, adjustable down-pressure springs help you fine-tune performance, no matter how you equip your unit. Contact Hawkins Ag, Holdrege, Neb., at 308-708-5185 or visit hawkinsag.com.
Cover more acres per hour
Landoll introduces a five-section, 40-foot VT Plus tool for farmers who want to practice vertical tillage but have lots of acres to cover. Gang angles on this machine are adjustable from 5 to 15 inches on the go, so you can run it as a more aggressive tool — more like a conventional disk — if you choose. It comes with a three-year warranty on the frame. A hydraulic lift for rear reels is optional. Contact Landoll Corp., Marysville, Kan., at 800-428-5655 or visit landoll.com.