Tighter shank spacing is one new feature on a tillage tool about to roll out this fall from Horsch. The company will be launching a new tillage line called Omnis FT.
The Omnis FT features four ranks of shanks spaced on 15-inch centres, with 1,800 pounds of trip force. Each shank is equipped with Horsch MulchMix shins that aggressively turn and mix soil/residue.
“One of the unanimous points of feedback that we have gotten over the years when farmers see our European concepts is the desire for thorough horizontal fracture and tilth, versus ‘ripping’ soil,” says Jeremy Hughes, product manager at Horsch.
“The act of ‘ripping’ really does nothing to promote uniformity in soil structure. With Omnis FT, soil can be tilled down to 10 to 11 inches and thoroughly across the working width of the machine, giving a fully tilled uniform soil structure,” he says.
The product is also equipped with large-diameter tires for transport and field operation, based on feedback from customers. Depending on the desired soil finish, there are also multiple options that can be added to the base unit, including cutting coulters.
“We learned over the years with air seeders that one coulter in front of each shank makes for cleaner residue through-put while balancing the machine better,” says Hughes.
Omnis FT will be launched sometime this fall. The range will include 11-foot rigid, 16-foot rigid, 21-foot rigid, 21-foot folding, and 26-foot folding versions.
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