Soil improver draws in field day attention

Soil improver draws in field day attention


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NEW RELEASE: Rocks Gone owner Tim Pannell with the Depth Charger, which breaks up hard pan. The YP Field Days was the SA debut of the machine, which was released only a few weeks ago in WA.

NEW RELEASE: Rocks Gone owner Tim Pannell with the Depth Charger, which breaks up hard pan. The YP Field Days was the SA debut of the machine, which was released only a few weeks ago in WA.

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THE latest in farming innovation was on show at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days this week, with the SA debut of a new soil improving machine.

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THE latest in farming innovation was on show at the Yorke Peninsula Field Days this week, with the SA debut of a new soil improving machine.

CATCH-UP: Farmers Linden Price, Narridy, James Venning, Bute, Rob Price, Redhill, and Jordan Green, Bute, caught up at the John Deere site.

CATCH-UP: Farmers Linden Price, Narridy, James Venning, Bute, Rob Price, Redhill, and Jordan Green, Bute, caught up at the John Deere site.

Rocks Gone owner Tim Pannell previously attracted plenty of farmer attention with his last machine release – the Reefinator – which turns rocky terrain into productive land.

Mr Pannell debuted his latest machine – the Depth Charger – at the Dowerin Machinery Field Days in WA only a few weeks ago, and it was shown for the first time in SA this week at Paskeville.

FAMILY OUTING: Rachael, 3, Benjamin, 21 months, Steven and Mel Wilson, Nuriootpa, enjoy the YP Field Days.

FAMILY OUTING: Rachael, 3, Benjamin, 21 months, Steven and Mel Wilson, Nuriootpa, enjoy the YP Field Days.

“The primary reason for the machine is to deep rip and leave a good seed bed. Most deep rippers just rip and leave an uneven, difficult seed bed,” he said.

Mr Pannell said the machine was designed to deal with hard pan across different soil types.

“It’s also designed to work in very tough country, where you get large clods of soil come up, leaving it in a firm, trafficable condition,” he said.

The machine is able to rip to a depth of 750 millimetres and it can be folded to 3.7 metres wide for easy road transport.

YP Field Days president Nick Correll said more than 5500 people came through the gates on Tuesday, but a much larger crowd was expected yesterday, with Wednesday traditionally the event’s busiest day.

“One thing that really jumped out at me from the field days is the growing popularity of tracked machines, because of compaction issues,” he said.

More than 700 exhibitors are taking part in the field days.

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