The Kelly Tillage System can smash residue, control weeds and sow the cover crop – all in one pass. Our unique Disc Chains turn and spread the topsoil, levelling ruts and ridges to evenly disperse the seed mix and promote good seed-soil contact.
The Kelly Model 4614 is specially designed to interface with our custom-built seeding unit, the Kelly Seeder. All other Kelly models can be fitted with aftermarket seeders. This setup allows the Kelly Tillage System to incorporate cover crop seeding and seedbed preparation into a single operation, reducing the amount of passes required.
While the front set of Kelly Disc Chains chop and split the cash crop residue, the Kelly Seeder distributes the seed mix evenly across the working width. The following rear chains gently work the earth, burying and mixing the seeds in the top 2-4cm of soil. This allows for immediate, same-day seed germination.
Mulching and incorporating the cover crop returns nutrients and organic matter to the soil, providing a fertile environment in which the cash crop can grow. By working only the upper layer of topsoil, Kelly Disc Chains retain soil structure and minimise moisture loss. The mulched cover crop remains on the soil surface. This residue layer regulates soil temperature and reduces erosion by insulating the seedbed against wind, rain and sun.
The Kelly Tillage System
The Kelly Tillage System is a true multipurpose machine with a wide range of applications. As well as sowing cover crops, it can be used to manage residue and weeds, incorporate fertilizer, or level the seedbed for planting. Its shallow working depth preserves soil moisture and avoids hard panning or compaction.
Because of the smooth surface created by the Kelly, planter accuracy and speed are at their peak. A well-formed soil structure ensures that the roots do not meet any sudden changes in soil density, allowing for consistent germination and growth.
Kelly Engineering is at the forefront of sustainable seedbed preparation. Our shallow tillage technology can give you the edge you need to create a better seedbed that improves your bottom line.
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