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Strip Till Equipment
I am looking for any suggestions from strip till experts on what their opinion is for the best strip till machine on the market is. I have a wide variety of situations that I am going to run across such as corn on corn, corn on alfalfa, corn on wheat stubble, etc. Also, I am going to be running in alot of contoured hills and will be running variable rate aplication with my strip till rig. I have looked at most of the manufacturers options but would really like to talk with someone who has experienced some of the same things I am going to have to work through. Thanks for any help!!
Look to orthman 1ripr with a tracker mounted RTK. We have have very good luck with this system. If you have rocks go with the auto reset on same.
You should look at the SoilWarrior. It was designed by a farmer who was frustrated with the shortcomings of shank based systems. Clearly you can try an Orthman, but the SoilWarrior is the way to go. They have a lease program for you to try it before you buy it.
I run the Dawn Pluribus, another coulter type machine, and have had great luck with it. I do a lot of spring strip-till since I'm running cattle over 90% of my crop acres in the winter months. The speeds at which I can run the machine allowed me to run a small machine and cover the same acres in a day that a machine twice its size would cover.
I twin row over strips so I had to look long and hard for something that would build wide strips and a good seedbed. Research took me to the Bigham Brothers Super Duty rig. It's the stoutest thing on the market in my opinion and has required very little maintenance. Most of the wider strip building rigs require the berming blades to cut which can be a recipe for erosion, particularly on hills or slopes. Bigham offers very robust bearings on the blades allowing them to be highly angeled without damage. This allows the shank to explode the soil and the blade to capture and funnel it for plenty of cover to protect the strip. They have wide rolling baskets to firm it down. Everyone has their preferences.
I have used the ETS Soil Warrior this past season. I am in Canada and have an early fall and late spring. We have to have the ability to warm the soil at both ends of the winter. Soil Warrior does this for us. Heavily built, the ability to go through 4" of frost was no issue. I would doubt any strop till rigs built from planter attachments and knives would handle what I put it through this fall. There is alot to choose from my only suggestion is make it adaptable to go through what ever you have to go through in your operation. Don't limit yourself to fall app or just spring app. Im looking forward to using it this spring and having another opportunity to fix things that i missed this fall. It's a learning curve not for the squeemish.