Joker Tillage Technology

Published in the April 2012 Issue Published online: Apr 13, 2012
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Currently, some Jokers are being used in sugarbeet land with center-pivot irrigation. After harvest, farmers are using the Jokers to recondition the fields, removing ruts and chopping up residue. Some farmers will use a ripper first and then bring the Joker in. Also, the Joker is a great spring-time seedbed preparation tool. It works well for the shallow planting depth of sugarbeets.

Horsch Anderson's Joker, is a high-speed, high-performance, versatile tillage tool. Its high-speed compact disc design offers superb residue mixing, field conditioning, seedbed preparation, fertilizer incorporation for a wide variety of field conditions and applications. This new concept in minimum tillage equipment features proven technology from Europe, which has been modified for the North American market.

The Joker is available in the MT series with 13- to 20-foot working widths, the RT series with 23- to 37-foot working widths, and the PT series with 30- to 40-foot working widths. Popular applications include tillage and seedbed preparation in row crops, small grains and specialty crops; CRP and hay-land renovation; and manure and fertilizer incorporation. The Joker can be used in the spring or fall to preserve moisture in dry ground or open up wet ground to speed up the drying process.

The benefits of the Joker revolve around its 20-inch notched discs. They can rotate faster than traditional discs, allowing the Joker to operate at speeds from 8 to 12 miles per hour. Compared with traditional tillage systems, it has been tested to complete fields in half the time or less on a per-foot basis, leading to significant time and fuel savings.

Horsch Anderson is a South Dakota-based manufacturer of tillage implements, planting systems, commodity air carts, hillside solutions and row openers. For more information, contact Horsch Anderson, 14118 414th Avenue, Andover, SD 57422, call 605-298-5663, fax 605-298-5220, email jhughes@horschanderson.com, or visit www.horschanderson.com.