Maschio Gaspardo - Solutions for Organic Farming
Posted Aug 17, 2020
Delmade proves a commitment to Organic Farming with a range of Maschio Gaspardo chemical-free solutions.
Consumer demand for organically produced goods has shown double-digit growth during most years since the 1990s. The adaption of an integrated cropping system relies on ecologically based practices, such as cultural and biological pest management, and virtually excludes the use of synthetic chemicals in crop production. Because organic production has a greater restriction on inputs, the application of highly efficient implements has a significant influence on success.
Among others, weed management is crucial to maximizing crop yield potential in organic operations. Cultivation is probably the most widely used weed control method: as the mechanical operation uproots or buries weeds.
Direct weed control methods that pull the weed roots out leaving them to dry up and die are ideal for this type of farming. Power harrows meet these needs because they stir the topsoil, instead of mixing it as a tiller would do, in a horizontal fashion avoiding soil layers inversion and vertical compression, which can lead to hardpan formation. The stirring effect on the soil allows moisture to be retained which results in a faster crop establishment, improving crop capacity.
Delmade offers a wide range of Maschio Gaspardopower harrows with widths from 130 to 800 cm and rigid or folding frames. The Maschio Power Harrows are featured with the exclusive ‘bearing technology’ meeting the needs of organic producers; each blade rotor is equipped with special self-aligning roller bearings, characterized by outstanding resistance (+30% comparing to tapered bearings) and high load tolerance. The 25 cm pitch between rotors (12 rotors in a 300 cm. machine) increases soil tillage and reduces the power requirement splitting torque in more units. The special rotor phasing (15°) makes the tools enter gradually into the soil: tractor progression is easier and vibration are significantly lower.
Blades replacement is quick and easy with the patented “RAPIDO” system; by a special key, is possible to spring-release the pin that locks the blades and removes them manually. Comparing to the standard systems, RAPIDO prevents the likeliness to lose the pin or even the tines when working on stony fields. Very large surface in contact between tines and rotor support reduces reciprocal plays and avoid wear of blade housing.
The Power Harrow is available in a number of models with many different rear rollers (cage, packer, spike and rubber) to ensure perfect soil tillage in every condition.
With the rapid growth in the organic sector, farmers will increasingly look for new methods to control weeds and insects, and to increase yields. Maschio Gaspardo is ready with a wide range of tillage tools to meet the needs of organic and conventional producers.
If you'd like more information on the wide range available contact Delmade. We are happy to talk you through the best tillage option for your farm.
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