Riverlea Ag Services

Min Till

Minimum tillage is a non-inversion method of cultivation, which serves an effective method of reconditioning stock damaged soils caused by grazing. Studies have shown that treading by livestock can reduce soil porosity and infiltration rate, and increase soil bulk density and in more severe cases, crop losses could be up to 30% as a result of the soil damage. Riverlea's minimum tillage service incorporates residue into the soil without completely burying it; eradicating the need for a 'burn off' and improving soil structure. The loosening of the soil creates pathways for air and water movement, and encourages root growth. Subsequently, this encourages organic matter in the soil without emitting much carbon to the atmosphere, promotes healthy worm population, combats pest and weed problems and reduces the need for heavy chemical input into the soil. Utilising the latest European technology from HE-VA, the soil is loosened; the surface divided into fine particles, levelled and consolidated allowing for optimum seed to soil conditions for germination.

Key Benefits of Minimum Tillage

  • Remedy soil compaction caused by grazing
  • Adjustable working depth
  • Superior seedbed finishing
  • Improved soil structure
  • Reduced cultivation costs

Remedy soil compaction

Band Spraying Riverlea Ag Riverlea min-till service remedies soil compaction by lifting and oxidising the soil. This encourages root growth, water infiltration, aeration and maintains healthy biological matter.

Soil compaction occurs when soil particles are pressed together, usually as a result of grazing or heavy machinery. This reduces the pore space between them. Heavily compacted soils contain few large pores, and have a reduced rate of both water infiltration and drainage from the compacted layer which means that new roots need to exert greater force to penetrate the soil. This, in turn, can decrease the plant's ability to take up nutrients and water and limit the amount of soil explored by roots. Riverlea offer an effective solution by using the HE-VA Combi-Tiller to loosen the soil which creates pathways for air and water movement and root growth.

Adjustable working depth

The HE-VA Combi-Tiller has an adjustable working depth down to 300 mm - the tine points have 200 mm wing shares and an innovative design which avoids bringing stones and unwanted clods to the surface. The design of the tine makes easy work of tackling stony ground by leaving big stones down, while oxidising and bringing the soil up to the surface. This enables Riverlea operators to lift and loosen the soil accurately to the specified depth requirements of clients.

Variable tine spacing

The He-VA Combi-Tiller has infinitely variable tine spacing options making it possible for Riverlea operators to change the number of tines to suit all client requirements.

Superior seedbed finish

The HE-VA Disc- Roller is perfect for the preparation of ploughed land before sowing. The Riverlea minimum-tillage service opens up compacted areas below the top soil and by using a narrow shank there is very little disruption to the biology at the soil level. This leaves a superior seedbed finish which creates the perfect conditions for seed to soil contact when sowing.

Improved soil structure

Recent studies have shown that minimum-tillage can play an important role in efficiently breaking up soil to promoting water storage in the soil. This process also adjusts the proportion of solid, liquid, and gas components of the soil, improving the structure and characteristics of topsoil and improving the ecological environment for root development and root activities that enhance the anti-stress capacity of plants.