1988 - Volume #12, Issue #1, Page #25[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Rolling Harrow For Planters, Drills, CultivatorsA new "tag along" rolling harrow for breaking up clods and ridges, and for incorporating chemicals, is catching on fast with both small grain and corn-soybean farmers.
"Farmers who've tried it tell us it works better than a flexible harrow behind a drill, planter or S-tine field cultivator," says Fred Gilman, of Stoller Inc., Pontiac, Ill, distributor of the new Canadian-built Ber-Vac rolling harrow. "It won't plug in heavy trash and mounts close to the implement without interfering with turning, or with filling of planters or drills. It's built heavy to work in rocky soil and heavy gumbo."
Standard individual rollers are 5 ft. long (45 and 40in widths also available), 10.5 in. in dia. and equipped with 8 blades (each 1/ 4 in. thick and 1-1/4 in. wide). "The rollers work in egg-beater fashion to break up clods and toss the soil up so fine particles come down first to seal in moisture and speed germination. The small clods that are left, because they're thrown higher, come down on top to hold the soil down, leaving a nice firm seedbed to resist wind erosion," explains Gilman.
He notes that single rollers are generally sufficient behind a planter or drill. For use behind field cultivators in heavy trash, Ber-Vac makes a double oscillating roller in 60, 40 and 20 in. widths. Both rollers flex to keep in contact with the soil surface, even on rolling or uneven ground.
The rollers on both single and double units are equipped with hand-adjust tension springs and come with bolt-on brackets to fit 3 by 3, 3 by 4, 4 by 4, or 4 by 6 in. frames. Individual 5 ft. wide rolling harrows, with 3 support arms and mounting brackets, sell for right at $450 (U.S.).
For more information, contact FARM SHOW Followup, Stoller's Inc., Rt. 3, Pontiac, Ill. 61764 (ph 815 844-3668, or 6197).
In Canada, contact: Ber-Vac, 2835 Chemin de L' Aeroport, Thetford-Mines, Que., G6F 5R7 (ph 418 338-6153).
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