The usually mild early winter followed by hard frost resulted in severe winter kill in crops in northern Germany. This was ideal terrain for Spirit Strip Till, which was presented at Agritechnica.
Spirit Strip Till in action drilling maize. Here the effects of deep fertilisation are being examined.
In addition to peas, oats, spring wheat and maize, the main crop drilled in spring this year was spring barley After a test period of around one month with five different crops on ten farms with ten different soils, Spirit Strip Till is able to live up to the expectations created at Agritechnica. The interest in strip tillage continues to increase, in particular in intensive crop rotations with rape. The deep fertiliser placement and deep tillage are convincing arguments for Spirit Strip Till. Four weeks after the first tests, crop emergence is very consistent. During the growing season, root development in particular will be carefully monitored in order to examine the effects of deep fertilisation.
Despite cultivation to 35 cm depth, the soil is very smooth behind Spirit Strip Till
Back in 2011, Spirit Strip Till was tested on the Granskevitz Estate. Nis Lassen, a pioneer when it comes to strip tillage, very much likes the simple design of Spirit Strip Till. “Soils and crops place different demands on soil tillage’, is what Nils Lassen replies when asked why he changed to the strip tillage method a few years ago. “Future tillage concepts must be convincing in both cereal drilling and rape drilling. Väderstad with its Spirit Strip Till has produced a well-designed solution.”