Mzuri Strip Tillage
Mzuri strip tillage is a means of sustainable intensive farming that only involves the tillage of a targeted area, whilst leaving crop residue on the surface, retaining moisture, organic matter and vastly increasing worm activity and fertility.
The unique Mzuri strip-till drill is capable of carrying out multiple operations including seedbed preparation, fertilising, drilling and reconsolidation in just pass. Subsequently, users can enjoy a significant reduction in labour requirement and capital investment.
Selective cultivation of a narrow target strip produces the optimum seeding environment allowing each seed to reach its full potential. The seed is accurately placed in close contact with the aerated, moist, fine crumb structured soil. Users have the option to position a band of fertiliser below the seed, providing it with the ideal conditions for quick and easy germination. Independent press wheels following the fertiliser and seeding coulters offer unparalleled reconsolidation for perfect seed to soil contact.
In the untilled zone, soil structure and its inhabiting fauna are fully preserved leading to improved aeration, moisture retention and nutrient supply to the established plant roots. Subsequently, growers can enjoy better yields whilst ensuring the long term viability of the business through a more effective management of their “factory floor” – the soil.
Furthermore, the Mzuri system promotes the use of previous crop residue which, left on the surface, provides food for the soil’s living ecosystem. The micro-organisms slowly work the organic matter back into the ground and break it down into humus and instantly available nutrients. The most effective use of straw by far, the presence of surface litter vastly improves soil structure and fertility.
Recognising this, the Mzuri strip-till drill has been specifically designed to cope with large amounts of surface residue. It is capable of drilling directly into all types of crop residue, including straw from little or no prior cultivation, which also helps to retain moisture and acts as natural thatching to protect from the elements. Equally, Mzuri’s performance is just as impressive following conventional primary cultivations as it greatly reduces soil compaction caused by numerous machinery passes.
In addition, Mzuri is capable of drilling in a choice of narrow or wide row spacings which makes it highly versatile and compatible for work with a broad range of crops.
Wider spacing allows more light in between the rows, enabling the plant to make the most out of light interception. This means that the entire surface area of the plant from top to base can be used to harvest the precious sunlight and convert it into energy. The result is a healthier, bushier crop leading to an increase in yields.
Unrivalled seedbed preparation
Zone A – Cultivation
The serrated disc cuts through the surface straw allowing the residue to flow freely to either side of the tilled strip. The auto-reset tine, coupled with replacement point and wing, cultivate the seeding zone to ensure a clean strip of moist, friable soil, free from surface residue. Band placement of fertiliser below the seed reduces the fertiliser requirement and ensures early nutrient accessibility, providing essential support for quick, strong and healthy establishment.
Zone B – Reconsolidation
A key feature with the Mzuri’s unique design is the fact that all of the machine’s weight is evenly spread across all of the cultivated strips, fundamental in reconsolidating the tilled strip to remove air pockets, widely recognised as very necessary to ensure quick, healthy root development.
Zone C – Seeding
The coulter tool bar works totally independently to the cultivation zone, ensuring easy adjustment and constant seed depth control. Each coulter hydraulically exerts pressure to each of the seed depth wheels to ensure accurate seed placement and excellent seed to soil contact for quick and even germination.
At Mzuri, we firmly believe strip tillage to provide the optimum method of crop establishment, compared with the alternatives of plough-based or zero tillage systems. Our one pass Pro-Til drills only cultivate a narrow band of soil, leaving the rest of the area intact and allowing Nature to do her work. Furthermore, the Mzuri system promotes the practice of leaving previous crop residue on the surface. Combined, the Mzuri’s features allow farmers to enjoy a number of benefits which range from improvements to soil and levels of organic matter to reduction in labour and fuel costs and better plant health.
1. Long stubble protects the soil from capping and erosion.
2. Chopped straw remaining on the surface provides a barrier to evaporation and encourages vital worm activity.
3. The undisturbed soil provides essential capillary water for quick germination.
4. Untilled soil is rich in instantly available nutrients, oxygen and water promoting quick, healthy root development.
5. The tilled strip mineralises sufficient nutrients and ensures good soil to seed contact, providing the ideal environment for each seed to germinate quickly and grow to achieve its full potential.