There seems to be no stopping the recent resurgence in popularity of tillage. Granted, in many regions of North America passion for tillage really never did fade. But today’s best-selling implements represent an evolution in design that addresses many of the problems caused by older cultivation equipment.
That implement evolution has been driven, in part, by new players who’ve entered the North American tillage market with European-inspired equipment, filling a gap some of the major players didn’t seem to be paying much attention to. As a result, formerly unfamiliar brands are becoming household names on Canadian farms.
But the majors aren’t standing still; they’re responding to that growing demand with new-age designs of their own.
This summer John Deere included the new 2730 Combination Ripper in its official product launch in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marketing reps describe it as a primary tillage tool designed to size and bury crop residue. And they add its design allows it to do in one pass what it once took four implements to accomplish. All of that means it takes less time for farmers to get the same amount of field work done, saving money in process.
“Much of the operational cost savings comes from combining four key field operations into a single pass,” says Nathan Kramer, tillage product line marketing manager for John Deere. “Completing these four passes independently costs $56.85 per acre, according to the “2013 Iowa Farm Rate Survey” published by Iowa State University.”
To accomplish those four different things, the 2730 uses a front row of discs, followed by ripper shanks, then a row of closing discs. To finish off the field surface, it uses a rear levelling attachment.
The 2730 is available in working widths from 14 to 26 feet. It’s equipped with 26-inch disc blades and has 38 inches of under-frame clearance to prevent trash from plugging up underneath it, even in the worst conditions.