K-Line Speedtiller

K-Line Speedtiller is soil’s friend and weeds’ en­emy

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Contents -

As soils are pre­pared in the lead-up to plant­ing sea­son it’s im­por­tant to im­prove seed-beds and con­trol weeds us­ing a high-speed disc tiller like the K-Line Speedtiller.

The Aus­tralian-built ma­chine is a dual-pur­pose disc-till­ing ma­chine de­signed for soil con­di­tion­ing and good pen­e­tra­tion.

K-Line says the Speedtiller has the abil­ity to ef­fi­ciently cut, size and in­cor­po­rate high lev­els of crop residue, ul­ti­mately in­creas­ing the car­bon con­tent in the soil.

“We could see the Aus­tralian farmer wanted the heavy-duty pri­mary tillage tool as well as a fin­ish­ing tool, that’s why we adopted the con­cept – but we made it a lot heav­ier and a lot more ro­bust to tailor it to the Aus­tralian con­di­tions,” K-Line Ag co-owner and sales and mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor Bill Larsen says.

De­spite be­ing built for the harsh Aussie soil, the Speedtiller is also prov­ing its worth around the globe, which K-Line at­tributes to its abil­ity to im­prove soil hu­mus lev­els, re­duce ero­sion and com­bat chem­i­cal-re­sis­tant weeds in a sin­gle pass.

Larsen says the Speedtiller has been ac­cepted in nearly ev­ery style of farm­ing in Aus­tralia.

“We’ve got a good fol­low­ing in the broad­acre mar­ket,” he says. “Many of the farms that have been di­rect-drilling for a num­ber of years have found an ad­van­tage with putting some strate­gic tillage back into the sys­tem – by do­ing that they want a onepass tool and that’s where we come in.”

By chop­ping plant residues (stems, stalks, roots, etc) left in the pad­dock post-har­vest and then in­cor­po­rat­ing them into the soil, you gain im­por­tant soil ben­e­fits such as in­creased lev­els of or­ganic mat­ter, en­hanced wa­ter ab­sorp­tion and re­ten­tion, and in­creased mi­cronu­tri­ent lev­els.

But ar­guably one of the Speedtiller’s most im­por­tant roles is in weed con­trol, Larsen says. Un­like us­ing her­bi­cides, me­chan­i­cal pro­cesses like tillage im­ple­ments do not mu­tate the molec­u­lar struc­ture of the weeds, which causes chem­i­cal re­sis­tance.

In­stead the Speedtiller ma­chine dis­rupts the weeds’ grow­ing cy­cle, de­hy­drat­ing and stunt­ing the weeds while giving pro­duc­tion crops the time to over­come and even­tu­ally kill com­pet­i­tive weeds.

The Larsen fam­ily founded K-Line Agri­cul­ture in 1993. It is based out of Cowra, New South Wales, and man­u­fac­tures a wide range of agri­cul­tural ma­chines, from tillage equip­ment to seed­ing ma­chines.

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