One-pass tillage equipment outstrips conventional tillage method
- Author(s): Upadhyaya, Shrinivasa K.
- Lancas, Kleber P.
- Santos-Filho, Abilio G.
- Raghuwanshi, Narendra S.
- et al.
For this study, we compared a new one-pass tillage implement called the Incorpramaster with a conventional tillage practice of stubble disking and land planing. Our randomized block experiment on the UC Davis campus evaluated the equipment's energy and time savings. We found that the one-pass tillage equipment (OPTE) outperformed conventional land preparation methods in fuel consumption and speed. Fuel savings ranged from 19% to 81% with a mean savings of 50%. Time savings ranged from 67% to 83% with mean of 72%. The mean soil particle size created by the one-pass tillage implement was comparable to that produced by conventional tillage methods.