05 September 2022

Harrowing with the beam

Once the grain has been harvested and the baling work has been completed, we start with the planning and work for the next season. One of the tasks to be carried out is the incorporation of stubble and straw residues into the soil, with the aim of integrating this organic matter into the soil. 

In our case, the integration of straw and stubble residues is done in the following way: 

  1. Superficial work using cultivator implement. The aim is to break up the stubble. 
  2. Two works with the beam will finish mixing the straw with the soil while cutting it into small pieces. 

We will focus on the second step, as it is the most innovative and is performed with a beam which, as you can see in the photos, is a rudimentary implement but very effective tool. There are some more sophisticated beams (suspended with hydraulic folding, different thicknesses of iron, etc.), but ours is the most basic and therefore the cheapest, but it still does a good job. 

The implement consists of two joined beams, with a working width of 7 metres, which are pulled by two chains. When the beam carries soil and straw, the work is spectacular. In addition, the working speed is quite high and with the large width, you can work in a day a lot of hectares... it should be highlighted the very low fuel consumption because the tractor does not work very hard. Perhaps the only drawback is that this work has to be done on hot days, because the straw is more manageable when it is very dry. 

In terms of your experience, are any of you using any similar or better tool? We are looking to hear about your experiences.

Versión en español.

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