Early this year Pöttinger acquired Cross Farm Solution (CFS) from Austria, manufacturer of mechanical weed control machines. As a result, as of August, Pöttinger also offers rotary hoes, constant pressure hoes and vario hoes to cover the mechanical crop care segment.
For decades, increasing yields have been ensured and achieved by using chemical crop protection. However, due to the increasing resistance of harmful organisms and the use of integrated plant protection, conventional thinking is evolving. Furthermore, consumer acceptance of chemical pesticides is declining, and new health and environmental goals require a sharp reduction in their usage. Pöttinger accepts these challenges and now includes crop care machines for mechanical weed control in its product range for sustainable, crop-specific and site-specific plant protection, as well as many other applications. This addresses the requirements of both organic and conventional farmers alike.
Rotocare for multi-role crop care
The new Rotocare rotary hoe conserves the crop and is row-independent while delivering maximum output and low wear. In addition to its advantages for mechanical weed control, this machine is equipped for a wide range of other applications such as breaking up incrustations, incorporating fertiliser, aerating grassland and also for shallow stubble cultivation. With working widths between 6.6 and 12.4 metres, driving speeds of 10 to 30 kph and low pulling power requirements, the required tasks are completed promptly and cost-effectively.
Tinecare compression spring system
The new Tinecare constant pressure hoe combines the best working results with the highest output. In addition to a patented compression spring system and large depth control wheels, the machine has a high strength frame with optimum weight distribution. This combination ensures consistently high quality working results right up to the outermost tine. A quick-change tine system saves time. Working widths of 6.2 to 12.2 metres enable maximum outputs for the highest performance and efficiency.
Flexcare, flexibility meets precision
Thanks to its unique design, the new Flexcare vario hoe offers full flexibility working in a variety of crops. The row spacing, the working width of the hoe elements and the fine adjustments of the finger hoe are completely adjustable without the need for tools. The machine features precise depth control and crop-conserving operation. In conjunction with the hydraulic shift frame, optional implement steering using a camera is available for even more precise work. The vario hoes are available with working widths of 4.7 to 9.0 metres.