One initial step to start controlling black-grass is to try and maintain where the seeds are positioned in the soil profile, claim Grange Machinery who were exhibiting at this year’s CropTec show.
Shallow surface cultivations will encourage the weed to chit and the more flushes possible prior to drilling the better. This way there’s a much higher possibility to kill the weed with a spray pass of glyphosate. The new low-disturbance toolbar from Yorkshire-based Grange Machinery will enhance establishment processes where farmers are facing problems with blackgrass. This subsoiling equipment has the versatility to adapt existing machines with a deeper working element for cultivators and drills. “The objective is to lift the soil whilst minimising surface disturbance. Our machines will loosen the soil whilst maintaining the profile structure.” Rhun Jones, director of Grange Machinery.
You can use the toolbar in conjunction with a trailed machine or as a standalone agricultural implement as a primary cultivator or to loosen headlands or tramlines. “Getting on top of black-grass has driven our decision to launch our low disturbance toolbar” stated Richard Beadle, farmer of 500 acres in Yorkshire and co-director of Grange Machinery. Machines come in widths of 3m, 4m or 6m with six, eight or twelve legs. The discs cut in front to minimise surface disturbance. Leg center spacing’s on all models are at 0.5m, the wing folding on the 3m & 4m slide into the frame for transport with the 6m hydraulically folding. The legs are all located on a beam that is hydraulically powered into work independent of the carrying frame.
“Our shallow working subsoil equipment gives cultivation and drilling systems more versatility and flexibility in different crop establishment processes in varying soil types and ground conditions. Our soil loosening toolbars improve soil structure and lower the cost of establishment, resulting in healthier margins and increased profit for your business.” Rhun Jones, director of Grange Machinery.
Working depth can be adjusted hydraulically on the move and the legs are tripped with either shearbolt or auto-reset protection. Hydraulic power is supplied to the back of the toolbar and there’s a choice of rear hitches and linkage options.