Selwyn Garton grows 140 hectares of maize grain near Kaitaia in the far north of New Zealand. The bulk of this crop is used in stock feed, through his feed supply business North Country Grains. The average grain yield achieved in his operation is 11.5 tons per hectare.
Maize is a deep-rooted plant and all growers appreciate the benefits of ‘ripping’. Ripping loosens the ground and allows better root development of the plant. This has a double benefit, helping the roots to travel deeper in their search for groundwater in a dry season, as well as improving drainage of excess surface water in a wet season.
Over the last fifteen years Garton has used subsoilers on his land and borrowed a number of different rippers but he’s over the moon now he’s purchased his own ripper, a 4AG NG 300-7 Supergrubber, which he hitchs to a John Deere 7230R.
“To be honest, I’ve never found one that does the job as well as this one does,” he says of his 3.0mtr machine The 4AG ripper has made a big difference to his maize growing operation, particularly in terms of ease of use. And that started well before the ripper arrived on site.”I was very impressed with 4AG’s service, with their knowledge and how they are able to advise on their machines and the way they operate in field,” says Garton. “I found 4AG do a good, honest job.”
Preparing the ripper and getting it started on the job were both easy too, thanks to it being a very simple machine to set up and use.
He explains that his land is not always an easy ride, it has its challenges and the new machine has proven it’s up to the task. “It does need to be built sturdy so it can handle the odd stump here and there without any adverse effects,” he says, adding he’s confident that using the ripper has helped with drainage on the land as well. At times in the far north we can get some significant rain events, liquid sunshine we call it.”