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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.
Abstract

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.

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