Below are some case studies carried out by two of our clients successfully using the RemacSystem to plant
their crops and cover crops.
Problem: Poor water retention due to heavy clay soil.
The Remac Soil loosener enabled the successful establishment of spring combinable crops. It has removed the need for expensive cultivation systems e.g. minimum tillage trains or complete inversion. Both of which rely on some form of precipitation to complete a good standard of seed bed finish on all but the lightest of soil types.
The Remac Soil Loosener proved an invaluable tool this spring. It allowed the previously unmoved soil profile in which both barley and peas were to be planted to be aerated thus reducing excess soil moisture levels. This proactive approach helped to limit the negative effects that the planting process would otherwise have on a fragile soil structure.
Planting was carried out using a high pressure disc coulter drill, directly into the loosened soil profile leaving an extremely neat and well consolidated seed bed.
The resulting germination was amazingly consistent. Both the barley and peas have exceeded all expectations in their performance, considering their later than normal planting date.
James Langrish 2014
Problem : Site specific resistant Black-Grass
Winter wheat harvested at 30% moisture on 16th July 2014 for crimping. Straw left 3-4 days before baling.
Field then left to chit until the end of August. FYM spread and incorporated with Dyno Drive, and left to chit again.
30th Sept sprayed with Roundup.
3 days later, slow pass with RemacSystem Soil Loosener so
as not to disturb the surface to much. Left again to chit.
25th Oct field sprayed again with Roundup then drilled with Power Harrow drill combination at twice the normal speed as ground much easier to work then after ploughing.
7 days later it was possible to see crop emerging.
Paul Ambler of Ryehill Farm
2016 brings Paul into his 5th
year of using a Remac System Soil Loosner over his 435ha arable farm in
Oxfordshire. It is used along side a direct drilling regime, with approx a third
of the farm into Spring cropping. Here is what Paul has to say about using the RemacSystem Soil Loosener:
'My own remit was to increase efficiency by reducing labour and
horse power and run the farm as a one-man, one-tractor operation, which aligns
to some of Howard's objectives. I have managed to achieve this in the greater
part through the use of a diverse rotation and an increase of Spring cropping.
My Autumn sown crops are all direct drilled into undisturbed stubble and crop
residues using a 6m seed hawk drill. Through experience I have made the
decision to not rake or cultivate during the autumn, thus reducing surface
disturbance, and this appears to reduce black grass germination. Placement
nutrients with the planted seed helps to encourage swift germination and crop
In preparation for spring cropping, excluding HLS over wintered stubbles, the
soil is loosened to a depth of approx 30cm, with a ground speed of 9-10 km/hr,
with a 3m behind a SWB 170hp tractor a surprising high output can be
achieved coupled with maintaining a lower engine speed there are significant
fuel savings. Through experience I am very cautious over ground conditions when
embarking on the operation, ensuring soil is able to breathe with minimal
surface disturbance. Too dry and the crust will be broken,left hollow and too
wet there is a risk of wheel slip disturbing the surface. This may sound
rudimentary, but larger tractors, especially tracked ones, have made it
possible for people to cultivate in poorer conditions, perhaps contributing to
a pandemic of black grass on many arable farms.
The use of the soil loosener is an integral part of my current farming practice
and I see no other machine in the market place that is as simple to use and
easy to maintain, with a low investment in both fuel and wearing metal. In
collaboration with the direct drilling regime, we have easily maintained our
yields, and in many cases exceeded yields in wheat and especially in barley'.
You will see from the pictures how successful this method of cultivation has been.
Winter wheat stubble slow pass Over wintered stubble Drilling over wintered stubble
After one pass of drilling Spring Beans Spring Barley
Remac UK improving soil structure, increasing profits
Because the ground was so much drier after the Soil Loosener it was possible to pre emergent spray the following day.