Soil disturbed using a strip tillage implement on a range of soil types and the effects on sugar beet establishment
Morris, N. L., Miller, P. C. H., Orson, J. H. and Froud-Williams, R. J. (2007) Soil disturbed using a strip tillage implement on a range of soil types and the effects on sugar beet establishment. Soil Use and Management, 23 (4). pp. 428-436. ISSN 0266-0032
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-2743.2007.00128.x
The area of soil disturbed using a single tine is well documented. However, modern strip tillage implements using a tine and disc design have not been assessed in the UK or in mainland Europe. Using a strip tillage implement has potential benefits for European agriculture where economic returns and sustainability are key issues. Using a strip tillage system a narrow zone is cultivated leaving most of the straw residue on the soil surface. Small field plot experiments were undertaken on three soil types and the operating parameters of forward speed, tine depth and tine design were investigated together with measurements of seedbed tilth and crop emergence. The type of tine used was found to be the primary factor in achieving the required volume of disturbance within a narrow zone whilst maintaining an area of undisturbed soil with straw residue on the surface. The winged tine produced greater disturbance at a given depth compared with the knife tine. Increasing forward speed did not consistently increase the volume of disturbance. In a sandy clay loam the tilth created and emergence of sugar beet by strip tillage and ploughing were similar but on a sandy loam the strip tillage treatments generally gave a finer tilth but poorer emergence particularly at greater working depth.
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