Rugged row cultivator
Whether you need a row crop cultivator to beat resistant weeds for fertilizer placement or in an organic operation, the new Cultimax cultivator from Hawkins Ag, Holdredge, Neb., and AGROdeviate will be rugged and reliable in the field. With triple-lip sealed bearings in massive parallel arms, the cultivator boasts wrench-free, down-pressure adjustment. It has independent depth wheels on each row, so the unit follows the ground surface no matter the terrain. For details, call 308-708-8185 or visit hawkinsag.com.
Hiniker Agricultural Equipment upgraded its 25-year-old cultivator to the Cultipro Row Cultivator Unit. The new cultivator has improved trash cycling and different shanks. It also comes equipped with a compressor that allows the user to fill the airbags and adjust down pressure from the cab. All adjustments to the unit or the gauge wheels can be made by hand, as everything has pins and levers. Contact Hiniker at 507-625-6621 or visit hiniker.com.
Herschel Parts featured its new 7-inch N Series Knock-on Sweep for field cultivators. The sweeps, made of heat-treated boron steel, are designed with a dimple to protect premature bolt wear and an extended nose for longer wear and better soil penetration. Herschel’s sweeps fit only Nichols-style clips and are available in two sizes, quarter-inch and 5/16-inch. Contact Herschel Parts at 800-247-2167 or visit herschelparts.com.
Popular row unit gets upgrades
The 1tRIPr row unit from Orthman Manufacturing, Lexington, Neb., received a major engineering upgrade for 2019 and should go commercial in 2020. Built for precision tillage, the 1tRIPr parallel linkage assembly is now three cast parts, reducing weight and increasing strength. Poly bushings replace old steel bushings to eliminate wear and greasing of the parallel linkage. Travel was increased up and down by an inch and a half. They’ve also replaced steel coil springs with a rubber elastomer that won’t corrode. A sharp-toothed disk, adjustable row cleaner keeps the unit in the soil for better uniformity. Learn more at orthman.com.
Ramp up strip-till machine with baskets
The Optimizer Basket was released by Hawkins Ag, Holdrege, Neb., and AGROdeviate. No more knuckle-busting adjustments on baskets with the Optimizer. Seedbed control is done from the cab at your fingertips, without a wrench. The Optimizer includes 16-inch diameter, cleated baskets engineered with an open-center design to reduce plugging in wet conditions. The units retail for $490 per row. For details, call 308-708-8185 or visit hawkinsag.com.
Long-wearing vertical tillage blades
Wearparts LLC now offers vertical tillage blades for the Krause Xcelerator vertical tillage tool in its lineup of replacement parts. These 22-inch diameter blades are manufactured using a triple-hardening process and designed with a sharp-cutting edge. Spokespeople say their parts won’t be the cheapest you can buy, but they will be the lowest cost-per-acre investment over the life of the tool. Blades for Case 330 and 335 vertical tillage tools will be coming soon. Contact Wearparts Tillage Tools LLC, Gothenburg, Neb., at 844-425-2337 or visit wearpartsllc.com.
Long-wearing tillage parts
If you don’t relish changing field cultivator shovels, check out long-lasting shovels introduced by Agrituf. The company claims to have the only shovels cast in one piece. Company information says these shovels are made of chrome containing 20 elements with consistent chemical composition throughout the casting. Note the new Agrituf black shovel on the far right. The two used Agrituf shovels in the center and to the left were run over the same acreage as competitive shovels in front. Shovels list at $30 to $32 each. Contact Agrituf at 773-897-9345 or visit agrituf.com.
Cover crop crimper
Yetter is developing a slick product to meet the growing demand of those growing cover crops and wanting to plant green. Andy Thompson of Yetter says they’ve taken the concept of their popular Stalk Devastator and modified the roller pattern so that producers can roll and crimp cover crops either with the planter or a separate toolbar. That provides flexibility to crimp before or after planting. Look for a limited release in 2020. Contact Yetter Farm Equipment, Colchester, Ill., at 800-447-5777 or visit yetterco.com.