With every grower seeking improved crop yields the Tatu speed disk has been positioned to knock out weeds and improve nutrient management
The Tatu speed disc has struck a chord with growers concentrating on achieving better yields through smarter soil management.
And as part of the approach, it means cutting back on weeds from the outset and leaving the soil primed for planting.
Offering an implement that can provide ultimate soil management and weed control will find its way into a growers’ arsenal every time, and the Tatu speed disc is doing just that.
There is a definite value-add for growers, the Tatu speed disc is primarily designed for fast in-paddock residue management handling for seedbed preparation and levelling in just one pass.
The Tatu claims it can outperform similar speed discs due to its more aggressive front disc angle of 17-degrees. This first cut into the residue fractures and lifts the soil as the unique tooling begins to incorporate it just prior to hitting the back gang.
Then with the rear disc angle set at 14-degrees it strikes again as it recuts and resizes the residue, before going on to finish the inversion of the soil.
This has all happened quicker than it took to read this sentence, and by the time the rear cage roller has reached the now worked residue and soil combination, it levels the ground for a perfect seedbed finish.
The Tatu speed disc is designed to work quickly at an impressive 16 to 22kph and with its low maintenance build it allows the operator to get through the work quickly.
Depending on how much ground you want to cover, the Tatu speed disc is available in three working widths that include 7.7, 9.15 and 12.2m (25, 30 and 40ft).
The 7.7 and 9.15m discs can be folded to a transport width of 3.97m (12ft) while the 12.2m disc can be folded to 4.88m (16ft).
The 560mm (22-inch) x 6mm scalloped discs are ideally set on 254mm (10-inch) spacings for a clean finish.
Benefits of residue soil mix
Growers have warmed to the advantages of chopping the plant residues left in the paddock after harvest and mixing them with the soil to gain a high level of organic content.
This healthier soil will have a higher microbe count as the plant nutrients decompose into the soil as a rich compost. In addition, the soil residue mix cut back on erosion while allowing surface water to penetrate more deeply. Particularly beneficial in a dry season.
The Tatu speed disc also provides a level of weed control by disrupting any growth that begins to shoot after harvest. This immediate mechanical intervention is shown to diminish weed populations before they get a strong hold.
The interference at this early stage of weed growth most often gives production crops the edge to outgrow and eventually eradicate or severely reduce competition from weeds.
The Tatu speed disc in just one pass can replace what was previously a three-step implement process. While it incorporates the stubble and soil it also sets up the seedbed with a cage roller finishing everything off.
The whole process also alleviates any soil compaction issues, and overall, it offers much reduced operator time and saves on fuel costs.
Tatu speed disc in action
Glen Andreazza is a third-generation farmer and has 45 years of experience farming on his holding just south of Griffith NSW.
Everything has been running well for Glen with his versatile cropping program of wheat, canola, corn and rice.
But Glen realised he needed to do more with his post-harvest paddocks. After checking on what was available, he settled on a 70010 Tatu speed disc, with a cutting width of 9m (30ft) that folds to just under 4m (12ft) for transport.
“The reason I was drawn to a Tatu speed disc is because it would allow me to do just one pass to incorporate any stubble left behind after harvest.
“There was a real need to combat the volunteer wheat and weeds that were coming through, and with the Tatu speed disc, I was able to prepare the ground for next season’s crop.
“It was a big drawcard to be able to level the ground and save big on chemical costs in one pass.
“The Tatu speed disc did a fantastic job, we’re able to work at about 11.5 to 12kph on our ground, while going at a depth of around eight or nine centimetres.
“It incorporates the stubble and soil nicely and leaves a very smooth seedbed.”
“I did notice everything was easy to set up, within a very solid framework. Because it has big tyres there is also great flotation while working and a handy hydraulic jack stand to sit it on when required.”
“Another great function is the torsion rubbers on this machine instead of springs. With fewer wearing parts, the Tatu speed disc also runs on an oil bath bearing which is braced into the second pillar, all very durable, low maintenance and robust.”
“One of the great advantages of the Tatu speed disc is the folding ability, it’s very easy with one simple movement, and from the tractor seat, you don’t have to get out.
It folds forward which puts the weight on to the tractor, not over the back and it folds to under 4m and that only requires one escort vehicle, very simple, easy and safe,” Glen added.
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