Kuhn Farm Machinery has launched a shallow soil cultivator for the breakdown and incorporation into soils of cover crops, other plant residues and organic manures.
The EL Biomulch is a development within Kuhn’ established EL Cultitiller range. It is aimed at farms seeking to improve soil organic matter levels through the increased use of cover crops and organic fertilisers.
Kuhn says the machine has potential to reduce the need for plant desiccating agrochemicals and can aid incorporation for bio-fumigation and have a role in cultivating grassland for renewal or following crops.
The EL Biomulch is currently available in a 3m working width, designed to work at up to 10kph and is suitable for tractors up to 160hp. It is particularly effective in combination with a front mounted shredder when working in tall and dense cover crops.
The rotor is fitted with 72 angled blades giving a complete mulching operation across the full working width. Blades have a 95° degree angle to maximise the effectiveness of root and plant residue destruction while avoiding soil smearing and crust formation.
The machine is designed to operate within the top 3-5cm of the soil. Working depth controlled by four adjustable wheels at the front of the machine. Adjustments can be made and depth gauges ensure the machine is always set level.
A hydraulically adjustable hood allows close control of the finish and can be operated from the tractor cab. The machine can be used with the hood fully closed for increased safety when working near public spaces.
Designed to the same mechanical specification as Kuhn’s EL Cultitillers, the EL Biomulch has a heavy duty duplex gearbox and adjustable rotor speeds to allow adaption for different applications.