When I started making my Chisel Ripper, I had mainly one goal in mind, depth tillage. My efforts produced much more than that. The residue utilization was one, which improved way beyond what I could ever hope. This has done a great job of improved my soil tilth. Another thing is the efficiency of the tool with the lack of power needed. The compaction reduction has amazed me. The first time I pulled it across my fields, I could only go 3 mph in some spots. By the third time, I could kick it up to around 5or 6mph. Anybody who claims they can eliminate compaction is full of it.
During a discussion with another farmer over tillage practices, he said they no-till beans and wheat and till for corn. His ground is blue clay and very tough. One of his reasons for no-tilling beans into corn was because the corn stalks mother in his beans by protecting them by holding moisture and such. I say the corn stalks can be better used by working them properly and giving them proper conditions to break down [or compost] and improve your soil. This will not only help for the short term also for that year to come. Vertical tillage tries to address these issues I can see a multitude of problems. One of which is the size and expense of the machinery. The horsepower need contributes to compaction and the inefficiency of it all. Little weed control is another. Plus, my ripper way outperforms them in opening the ground up for better root growth. Although, some of the disc designs can work well in conjunction with my machine.
Total no-till falls way short in weed control [especially if you are organic] and compaction. Cover crops help with both problems, but they add time and expense. A wet spring can give you problems drying your ground out. Even with these problems, I am not against cover crops. We have used them in conjunction with my ripper with successes. The best I thought was when we broadcast them on chisel ripped ground. It made them very easy to deal with in the spring. I also like them for their added green manure. For that, they are a big plus. With no-till, I do not care what you do, sometimes you will have to till. You will be in the fields when it is wet getting your crops out. You will track them up. I am sure it has happened to everyone in the real world.
We have experienced yield increases with my ripper. Plus, time reduction with fewer field passes with more consistent field conditions. The smoothness of pull makes it easier on you, the operator. The ripper is very fun to run. Can you tell me the last time you ever enjoyed running your chisel plow? You also feel pride in a job well done. What tool have you run that you could say all that about?
What I developed is a primary tillage tool that does what everyone what's to do. I am marketing it under the name of the Chisel Ripper. This Machine builds soil structures, works to reduce erosion and drainage through normal compaction zone. IT control weeds similar to conventional methods. All this being while being amazingly efficient. By using forward motion shatter, my tillage tool aerates the soil. Also, the residue is placed right where it needs to be, enough on top to protect the soil, the rest for positioned optimal decomposition.
The Chisel ripper wether you are talking about the CR 5.0 or the original CR 12.0 No one else has a tool comparable. The CR 5.0 or CR 12.01. CR 5.0 gets you away from your strict moldboard plow rototiller regiment to a more sustainable not so aggressive practice. Our machines use forward motion to shatter the soil. This does a superior job of aeration; this helps in decomposition (Composting) by mixing air with residue. Doing this makes the Chisel Ripper one of the most efficient primary tillage tools because it is designed to use less horsepower (1/2 to 1/3 the hp in most cases). Less horsepower less diesel fuel consumed. Also, better for the environment. If time is of your concern, the Chisel Ripper loves speed plus, it is built to handle it. Another thing, whichever tool you choose, you will find it is one of the most enjoyable days you have had doing primary tillage you will ever recall. So, hook up to one of our Chisel Rippers. Find out what we are talking about when we say a better way to till.
Over the years I have tried to come up with many ways to draw ATTENTION to my Chisel Ripper and how it differs and the benefits over other farming practices. What caught my attention was one of my best endorsements by the late Kevin Bien. This endorsement verified what I was doing was something pretty unique.
First, if you have never met Kevin, let me tell you a little about him. Kevin was best known as the pitchmen for Gleaner Combines. He was also one of the best salesmen I have ever come across! One of the things that made him so good at his job was that he had complete knowledge of what he was selling. Kevin knew every inch of the Gleaner Combines. He had worked along with farmers and AGCO Corp. to come up with the best machine he believed possible. If you had a chance to hear Kevin talk at a farm show, it was something special. He put on a show that drew a crowd every time. Whenever I attended a farm show I always stopped to listen in.
I AM NOT EXACTLY SURE HOW HE GOT EVERYONE'S ATTENTION, BUT IT WAS A SIGHT TO SEE!
Four years ago, just before the Farm Science Review, our mutual friend lined Kevin up to come and look at my Chisel Ripper for AGCO Corp. I set up a field demonstration which included two of my neighbors with their equipment. I was a little nervous because the ground we were working was wheat stubble that had been wet when harvested and remained wet during straw bailing and manure application. Unfortunately, we hit a dry spell which turned the ground brick hard.
The demo consisted of a disc-ripper behind a track-drive oscillating four-wheel drive, a chisel plow and another large four-wheel drive tractor. Between these two monsters set my Chisel Ripper on a 110 HP four-wheel drive tractor. That in and of itself was an attention getter.
We calculated that the disc-ripper had 27 HP per foot. The chisel plow had 21 HP and I was working with just 9 HP per foot.
The results of the demo:
*The chisel plow would not even go into the ground.
*The disc ripper went in one foot and pulled hard.
*The chisel ripper was able to accomplish the same one foot depth with an easy pull. This depth was a little shallow from where we normally run our Ripper because we were in some really tough conditions.
The best result of the demo was the smile on Kevin Bien's face. Then he told me that you could never drive by and look at your field and see what I was doing. You had to be in the field to understand what it was doing and it was doing a great job.
Coming from Kevin, that was one of the best endorsements I have ever received on the Chisel Ripper and was one of the most rewarding days I have ever had working with this machine.
When you watch videos of Chisel Ripper in motion, note how the soil flies from up around the rear shanks. That is one of the ways our tillage tool sets itself apart from the rest. We have designed the Chisel Ripper to shatter the soil use of forwarding motion. Chisel plows roll the earth over which requires more horsepower. That will not allow the chisel plow to go as deep as we are able. The shanks on a chisel plow are usually closer together, which requires more Horsepower per working foot. The forward shatter from the Chisel Ripper expands the furrows from the bottom point to the top. The center tines work what is left. If You compare the Chisel Ripper to a disc-ripper (this is the closest equivalent tool). The disc ripper forces the large points into the soil. They need to lift to perform there tasks and the heavy disc-blades to work the soil between the rows. When you are done, you have not aerated the soil plus used a lot of fuel and power to do it. If you are not a large enough farmer you may not have a tractor available. Our tool has everything covered. A regular V-ripper was the same issues. Then in wet soil both tend to smear and may not get the desired lift you need. With our tool, you able to get positive results in wet soil.
What if I told you that you didn't have to do anything different than what you had been doing and get up to 19 bushel an acre corn yields, but do it faster and with less fuel consumption?
You say I am not a corn farmer, what does this have to do with me? Well with the same lack of effort you can improve your soil quality and not have to add anything.
The only thing you have to do is purchase a new high-quality tool to replace your old worn out chisel plow or soil savor. With a new FarmBuilt Chisel Ripper which includes a lifetime warranty parts from Bellota Agrisolutions. The Chisel Ripper is one of the very few purchases that you will make that will actually pay for itself in serious yield increases.
What is easier than that?
Everyone knows that if you are growing a great corn crop it starts with planting and does not end until it is harvested. Unlike soybeans, corn is a full season endeavor. The new hybrids have come a long way, smoothing over some of the rough spots. Mother nature sure seems to come up with new challenges as fast as science can adapt. One thing that I believe will never change in the ever-changing and ever challenging farm industry is that farmers need to get every dollar out of their fields, leaving nothing but the chance to make more profits the following year. The FarmBuilt Chisel Ripper has several ways to help farmers do just that.
Think of corn as more of having a lifecycle than a growing season. Fewer interruptions in this cycle will get farmers better results. It all starts at germination; the Chisel Ripper creates a healthier soil by process of aeration, creating a soil rich with living aerobic microbes. This will help get the farmers plants off to a good start leading to better root growth. The Chisel Ripper opens the soil up through the compacted layers for even larger root structure. This lets the hair roots go after untapped nutrients. After years this will deepen the topsoil.
Proper soil health and root growth lead to better and stronger plants. With sufficient and timely nitrogen your corn plants are better able to deal with the uncontrollable elements that mother nature sometimes throws our way.
If the plant stays viable longer to a fully matured lifespan the better the test weight will be. Better test weight adds up in a hurry. Then, add all of today's technologies in seeds and fertilizer and you can be confident you have done all you can do to leave nothing in the field but the chance of another great year next year. #Farm #Corn #Yield
... and the Chisel Ripper.
Over the years when looking for the short-term benefits of the Chisel Ripper to soybeans one of the most obvious benefits has been the lack of sudden death in beans. I attribute this to compaction reduction. You notice this problem on the headland, which you do not see when you use the Chisel Ripper. This supports my theory because this is where you will get the highest compaction from turning. This year our fields, for the most part, have matured enough that the yields will not be hurt by sudden death. That said we did notice that on one nearby field which we know to was highly compacted that the crop appears to be suffering at a near to 20% damage rate. In todays tight profit margins, you can't afford to lose any yields, especially those which can be easily rectified.
If you want to increase your yields, use our Chisel Ripper to make sure you get every cent out of every acre!
At last, my Chisel Ripper CR 5.0 is on its way to where it belongs. First in front of the public eye and then on your farm. It may be small in size but what it can accomplish makes up for what it lacks in stature. It is a pint-sized dynamo. If you think about it, if you are covering the same area as a four bottom 18" plow. Around here it takes about 110 HP to pull. You can pull our ripper with minimal HP... You can go faster and you can have all the benefits Chisel Ripper can provide you.
I personally have never let what others say or do influence what I know is possible. If someone says I cannot it becomes a challenge to me. I never stop trying to improve on whatever I am doing. No matter what job I have ever done and no matter what I feel, I look back and learn something from it.
Jeff Sberna - Farmer and Founder of J&D FarmBuilt LLC