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Mzuri offers novel way of oilseed rape establishment

July 4, 2016 by  
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MzuriProTil3TSelect

The Mzuri Pro-Till strip-till drill offers an oilseed rape establishment approach with a difference. It is based on three key elements – selective tillage, leaving crop residue on the surface and wider row spacing.

The single pass operation has reduced farm traffic and elevated compaction; soil drainage is much better and the farm has seen significant fuel and labour savings. The technique has seen Mzuri’s oilseed rape yields and organic matter double on the company’s trial farm in just five years.

The Mzuri Pro-Til cultivates a narrow band of soil where the seed is going to be placed, providing it with a strip of moist, friable soil for quick germination. Leading discs chop down surface residue followed by winged auto-reset tines which till the seeding zone and place a band of fertiliser.

Tilled areas are then reconsolidated by press wheels to remove air pockets. Next, the seed is placed at an accurate depth by independently moving seeding coulters and the soil is reconsolidated again for optimum soil to seed contact.

Perhaps the most innovate feature of the Mzuri system is the drill’s ability to seed in wider rows with the Pro-Til Select model. In trials, rape was drilled at 2kg/ha in 66.6cm row spacings with fertiliser placement (DAP) at 85kg/ha.

Wider spacing enables the entire plant to harvest the sunlight. This produces a shorter, bushier plant with a higher number of pods on side branches, as well as the plant canopy. Wider rows also allow better air movement, reducing the development of fungal disease.

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