Opico has widened its mechanical weed control line-up to include a new range of inter- and intra-row hoes from German manufacturer Kult.
Joining Hatzenbichler comb harrows and hoes, the Kult machines add to Opico’s offering with specialist cultivators designed for high-value vegetable and salad crops. In addition, the firm’s steerable headstocks provide a simpler, lighter and lower-cost option for implements with narrower working widths.
Kult inter-row hoes can be equipped with a range of working tools from A-shares to L-blades, with tines positioned to suit the narrowest 100mm spacings in wheat to row crops like pumpkins set up to one metre apart.
Opico says, while dealing with weeds between the rows of crops is critical to maximising yield, in high-value specialist crops it is equally important to manage those in among the rows of plants.
The Kult approach is said to be a simpler approach than other solutions on the market, with pairs of plastic tined wheels either side of the row working in tandem to pluck weed seedlings out from between the crop plants. This intra-row weed control option is also available on Hatzenbichler’s line-up of inter-row hoes.
Opico’s managing director, James Woolway says; “Kult’s weeders can be made to suit any bed size or working width and can be equipped with a wide range of tools to deal with different crops, soil types and weeds. That concept of configuring bespoke machines is exactly how we are handling our mechanical weed control offering here in the UK, working with growers to build exactly the right specification implement for the job.”
There is a range of options for the Kult steerable toolbars. At the most basic level customers can opt for manual guidance with an operator seated on the frame steering the unit either mechanically or hydraulically. This is often chosen where there is less of an emphasis on covering the ground at high speed, says the manufacturer.
The next level of automation is camera guidance. Like Opico’s existing machines, the new weeders employ the British-made Tillett and Hague system. These camera-guided machines work closer to the crop and provide improved weed control at higher work rates.