Planting & Tillage Equipment Buyers' Guide

Published online: Dec 10, 2021 Articles, New Products, Potato Equipment
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This buyers' guide appears in the December 2021 issue of Potato Grower.

Your fields may be covered in snow right now, but we all know that a potato grower’s work never truly ends. Like it or not, planting season will be upon us soon, and you’ll be out in the fields getting them ready for the 2022 crop. Our planting and tillage equipment buyers’ guide should point you in the right direction for the best equipment for your operation.

Milestone

(208) 785-4285

www.milestone-equipment.com

shanem@milestone-equipment.com

Potato Seed Cutter

Uncompromising attention to detail and over 50 years of hard-earned experience has allowed Milestone to produce the most capable, highest-capacity potato-cutting system available. Milestone potato seed cutters effectively cut both long and round varieties without the need for costly retooling. Numerous innovations, including the patented Milestone Star, hydraulic sizer quick adjust, and Milestone cutting system, ensure a consistent, uniform and blocky seed piece—the key to optimal planter performance and vibrant plant growth. Several easy-to-use adjustments can be made while the machine is operating to help ensure the desired seed profile. 

Milestone’s new 84-D potato seed cutter, the newest addition to the company’s cutter lineup, represents the ultimate example of capacity, technology and raw performance.

 

Ag-Vantage, Inc.

(208) 670-1041

www.ag-vantage.com

Culti-Diker

Ag-Vantage’s Culti-Dikers are water conservation tools that create water-retaining pockets to prevent soil erosion, thus providing increased crop yields. The pockets formed can hold ½ to 3 gallons of water, depending on model. Culti-Dikers can be mounted to row crop planters in between the planter units or behind, depending on each grower’s specific requirements. Culti-Dikers are available in several different models and sizes to meet individual needs.

Culti-Dikers have been mounted onto planters, cultivators, grain drills and tool bars for the past 15 years. A proven water conservation tool when used in sugarbeets, corn, beans, potatoes, grains and other crops.

 

Sunco Farm Equipment

(800) 676-2146

www.suncofarmequipment.com

Sunco Prop

The Sunco Prop, introduced in the 1990s with its unique design to make angled reservoirs between crop rows, completely revolutionized reservoir tillage. Being an individual row unit, the Sunco Prop can easily be mounted on any number of row units and on a variety of rippers and cultivators. The angled dikes with angled reservoirs eliminate water erosion and runoff, allowing rain and irrigation water with valuable nutrients to soak in where it falls. Instead of expensive water damage, propping gives growers the benefit of higher yields and more profits.

Another significant benefit of the Sunco Prop’s angled dike is reduced or eliminated tractor and implement bounce when driving down the rows at harvest. Considering all the advantages and benefits, the Sunco Prop just makes sense on every farm.

 

Summers Manufacturing

(800) 732-4392

www.summersmfg.com

Supercoulter Samurai

Inspired by farmers, the Supercoulter Samurai offers many of the same benefits of our Supercoulter vertical tillage tool, but is designed to move more dirt, thanks to its slightly angled aggressive Samurai blades. The result is a field finish that many of today’s producers desire: more soil movement than true vertical tillage provides, but less intensive than conventional tillage or high-speed disks. This unique approach makes the Supercoulter Samurai a simplistic, effective spring and fall solution for residue management, light tillage and seedbed preparation.

 

Concord

(800) 688-3300

www.concordseeding.com

Precision Shank Drill

The Concord Precision Shank Drill is the market’s first row unit with a shank. The simple row unit design allows the drill to operate at higher speeds than typical shank drills. By minimizing soil disturbance and capturing blown-out soil, the drill helps ensure controlled operating depth, more uniform seed cover, and a consistent field finish. 

 

Safe-T-Pull, Inc.

(701) 284-6100

www.cropshuttle.com

Crop Shuttle

The Crop Shuttle is the largest, fastest and most versatile crop cart on the market. It is fully customizable, giving STP customers up to 800-bag capacity and discharge speeds up to 400 bags per minute. The Crop Shuttle is very versatile, and can be used in multiple crops including potatoes, sugarbeets, carrots, onions, red beets, cucumbers and even corn silage.

The Crop Shuttle is designed so there is no PTO needed to power the hydraulics. The Crop Shuttle’s patented design has minimal moving parts and changing angles, meaning less buildup of debris while using less hydraulic power. The hopper rises into the air while unloading, creating the incline needed without a separate conveyor slowing down discharge and damaging crop.

The Crop Shuttle is fully customizable to meet your needs and features multiple cleaning bed options that allow operators to remove tare and leave the dirt in the field.

 

Parma Company

(208) 722-5116

www.parmacompany.com

Parma High-Speed Disc

The High-Speed Disc is specifically designed to enable various results of primary tillage disking. Front 600/50-22.5 flotation tires in combination with the rear roller provide precise depth control for high-speed/shallow or slower-speed/deep disking. Front and rear rows of individual, 24- inch notched disc blades spaced at 10 inches are independently mounted on maintenance-free disc hub bearings and torsion spring-cushioned shanks. The distinct working action of each disc helps maintain a thorough and even disking result across the working width at the selected speeds. The separately controlled rear transport axle with 15-inch tires and the front tongue create a unique dual-action float or raise mechanism for complete lifting control at all times.

Parma’s High-Speed Disc is presently available in rigid widths of 14 to 21 feet and a wide variety of rear roller configurations including Crowfoot, packer rings, welded basket or pipe roller. Horsepower requirements for optimum highspeed performance are 15 to 20 horsepower per foot.