Growers of high yielding cereals and maize crops recognize the importance of mixing the remaining stubble into the soil as soon as possible after harvest, to start biologic activity, speed up the breakdown and increase organic matter in the soil.
Bednar’s range of heavy duty mulchers in working widths up to 7 mtrs for years have been helping large-scale european farmers with this task, and these impressive machines are now available in New Zealand through importer 4AG Ltd.
With straw spreaders struggling to match the huge output of modern combines with up to 12mtr fronts, this is resulting in uneven distribution of crop residues across the field. The practice of combining crops higher to reduce machine wear and fuel consumption, leaves a greater level of straw to deal with.
The 6 and 7mtr working widths combined with a high working speed of 10-15km/h mean the Bednar mulchers can cover many hectares in a short space of time. These machines weighing in at a hefty 3.5ton, and with fully hot-dip galvanized chassis, are built for the tough environments they operate in.
These unique features make them very user-friendly:
The underside of the mulching deck has hardened, replaceable wear plates, and they machines can be quickly converted between grass and stubble work with either 2 or 4 blade systems.
Massive heavy flails with a tip speed of 312 km/h handle the toughest of materials, and the full deck is enclosed to ensure safety in operation.
We have noticed an increased demand from large dairy and drystock operations with large acreages of pasture topping in the spring/summer months.
Topping is quite demanding on conventional drum or disc mowers, especially in uneven fields or where many stones are present.
These operations are looking for more robust machines with a longer lifespan, and simple for workers to operate.
The 6 and 7mtr width in one machine, requiring 150-200Hp really appeals to these large farms.