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Row Cropping commenced in 1999. It is an
extension of controlled traffic. Controlled traffic needs matched
equipment but Row Cropping needs specialised equipment. Row cropping
seeding with the TPos Toolbar places the new crop rows in various
positions relative to the previous crops without disturbing the straw.
With row cropping the crop row or pair of rows are strategically placed to
enable the crop zone to be treated separately to the inter-row space.
The Air seeder is equipped with 3 boxes to handle 3 products at the
same time. A pair of tines are used enabling fertilizer and seed to be
separated but in close proximity to each other. Following the tines a
press wheel firms the soil around the seed to assist with seed to soil
contact and assist fast and even germination.
Row Cropping enables the crop rows to be placed to avoid disturbing
straw from the previous season and to prevent the straw from coming into
contact with the seed. With controlled traffic and row cropping it is
known in advance exactly where every set of wheel tracks is located so
swaths can be sown in any order. Often alternate seeding runs are sown to
make turning much easier for the equipment. Accurate GPS guidance
simplifies accurate seed placement and accurate spraying - the wheels
remain on the permanent tracks.
All equipment must be on common track widths and common swath widths or
multiples of the swath width. The Broadacre Sprayer is 33 metres wide
being 3 swath widths. This sprayer is fitted with a jets strategically
placed at 1 metre centres directly above the crop rows. This provides the
opportunity to treat 33 metres of crop row only and not spray the inter
row space. This achieves a 50% reduction in fungicides and insecticides
benefiting the grower and the environment.
The TPos shielded sprayer has two tanks and associated dual plumbing
systems and has the capacity to spray the crop row and the inter row space
with separate products at the same time. Thus the inter-row space may be
treated independently using a shielded sprayer. This protects the crop
rows from the chemical being applied to the inter row space.
Benefits of Row cropping
- Allows the treatment of crop row and
inter-row space separately
- Allows banding of nitrogen anytime
- Allows inter-row cultivation or spraying
- Allows on-row treatments