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Look What They're Doing With Fuerst's Harrow
New uses are busting out all over for the Fuerst flexible tine harrow. Originally introduced to clean up and rejuvenate pastures, farmer-owners are discovering many other new uses, including the following:
Low-cost stalk shredding - Farmers who've tried it say the Fuerst harrow tears up corn stalks without tearing up the ground, and without the "bunching up" problem you get with stiff-tine or spike-tooth harrows. In ridge-till corn, it clears the tops of ridges, eliminating volunteer corn and weed seeds in the row and removing trash for better in-the-row herbicide performance.
Herbicide incorporation - The Green Brothers, of New Boston, Ill., pull Fuerst harrow sections behind a 38-ft. Krause field cultivator to incorporate chemicals. They built frames that connect the harrow sections to the cultivator and lift the sections. By pulling the harrow behind the cultivator, the Greens eliminate a second incorporation trip, saving about $3.60 per acre.
Conservation tillage - One pass with a Fuerst harrow in tandem with a disk, field cultivator or chisel plow breaks up clods, levels and sifts soil granules downward, preparing a seedbed that helps trigger earlier germination. "I've found that the harrow corrects a lot of mistakes the drill makes," says Richard Martin, of Burton View, Ill. "It levels the seedbed and firms soil around the seed. We've seen soybeans emerge two days sooner in fields where we harrowed."
Since the Fuerst flexible tine harrow has no rigid frame, it can snake over ground contours. It has 11 rows of tines, front to rear. All 11 rows can be used in the same position or, if desired, you can set the front six rows for maximum penetration, and the rear five rows for minimum penetration.
The harrows come in sizes from 4 to 24 ft. wide. Suggested retail prices range from $441 to $1,554. Hydraulic carrying carts are available in sizes from 16 to 42 ft. In most cases, arms and frames for attaching harrow sections to front-running implements, such as disks or field cultivators, are home-made by farmer-owners.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Fuerst Brothers, P.O. Box 356, Oregon, Ill. 61061 (ph 815 732-3239).

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1986 - Volume #10, Issue #3