Salford is rolling out a new line of high-speed tillage designed to deliver new combinations of ground-engaging equipment, narrow transport, and single-point adjustments.
This new product line, dubbed Halo by the tillage manufacturer, will be available to growers this fall. The first products available will include the Halo higher speed disc (HSD) and the Halo AerWay. HSD models will come in five sizes from 20 to 40 feet wide. For the AerWay, 20, 25 and 30-foot models will be available this fall, with 35 and 40-foot machines being released in 2021.
In this video interview, Brad Baker, Salford’s vice president of sales and marketing, explains how the HSD incorporates new tillage technology with existing Salford designs to increase field-levelling performance. Salford’s existing blade mount technology helps the Halo HSD bite into the ground and stay at depth, even in hard ground. Baker notes that Halo HSD is designed to operate at between 8 to 14 miles per hour. (Story continues after the video.)
In addition to the blade mount technology, a series of hydraulic pressure settings help the machine maintain level operation front to back and side to side, through the most challenging field conditions. The Halo HSD is also followed by a new finishing system, a heavy-duty 23-inch cage roller to enhance levelling power.
The Halo AerWay model combines Salford and AerWay tillage technology to produce a vertical tillage machine that delivers a strong combination of deep soil aeration and residue management. In the video, Baker explains the key role the AerWay’s shatter tines play in shattering the ground and sizing residue. This action increases the soil’s capacity to store air and moisture, promoting deeper root development and allowing fertilizer to disperse in the root zone, he adds.
Independently mounted 13-wave coulters follow the shatter tines with a rubber torsion suspension. The coulters further resize crop residue and begin to level and mellow soil behind the tines. New Salford double-rolling baskets finish the job, pinning residue, sizing soil clods and levelling the surface to prepare a seedbed.