Riverlea Ag Services

Fodder Beet

Key Features of the 'One Pass Operation' For Fodder Beet

  • Cost reduction of up to 30%
  • Fast and accurate cultivation
  • Improved soil health
  • Alleviates wind erosion
  • Residue management
  • Superior Weed control
  • Allows for grazing during what is usually a six-week fallow period

Riverlea are now offering a dynamic 'one pass operation' option for fodder beet planting with the aim of reducing cultivation costs for clients by up to 30%. The system is a conservational tillage technique where only a narrow strip of soil is cultivated to give the plant a head start whereas the remaining field remains untouched and provides valuable grazing for stock. With the growing challenges of profitable crop production, increasingly more progressive farmers are turning to the Riverlea strip till/no till system to provide a sustainable solution. The innovative Riverlea strip till/no till system does not only cut cultivation costs but also offers an effective way to increase plant establishment and yield by reducing soil moisture loss, wind erosion and weeds.

Today's farming practices, climate and weather patterns are constantly evolving and Riverlea are staying ahead of the curve by providing a strip-till solution to keep soils healthy and productive. Knowing how to create a sustainable growing environment with strip-till can maintain your profitability and Riverlea can work with you to generate additional income and broaden the network of sustainable farming practices.

How it works

Riverlea have designed and engineered custom built machinery based on extensive research and using only the most trusted brands in the industry. The Varidome 6 Metre sprayer is used to band spray crop rows with precision technology four weeks prior to cultivation. After four weeks, Riverlea's custom-made strip till/no till planter is used to gently plant seed as required. There are three choices of opening discs to suit a wide range of conditions from low disturbance through to very aggressive. This is followed by fertiliser banders which place the fertiliser in an optimum position next to the seed trench. The precision John Deere Max Emerge Plus is then used to plant seeds for perfect seed to soil contact.

Benefits of 'One Pass System'

Cost Reduction
  • Riverlea's strip spray/strip till/no till method can reduce costs by up to 30%
  • RTK GPS provides a quick and accurate service
  • Precision technology reduces wastage of fertiliser, seeds and other costly necessities
Weed control
  • Reduced tillage causes delays in weed emergence, which significantly reduces crop-weed competition which is vital in the early stages of growth. Progressive farmers using this system report significant reductions in herbicide costs.

Alleviates Wind Erosion

Strip-till/no till is a vital key to prevent erosion. In many cases, strip-till involves the use of a cover crop to prevent wind erosion and then creating a strip of deep tillage in the seed zone of the primary crop. This helps to ensure better water infiltration and good soil-seed contact at planting. Also, many growers are placing a portion of their fertilizer in this strip, which helps reduce fertilizer loss due to run-off and increases fertilizer efficiency.

Stip Tillage - The Technology

Strip tillage is a conservation tillage system that was developed specifically for row crops and has been particularly successful with fodder beet yields in comparison to conventional methods of cultivation. Riverlea have designed and engineered machinery specifically for the 'one step process'. Replacing the conventional method which requires up to six passes, Riverlea have created a machine using only the most trusted brands and products in the farming industry to do this in just one pass. The custom made machine is able cultivate, fertilise and plant crops all in one pass.