International Sugar Journal

Assessment and possible adaption of the double-disc opener planter technique in the wet tropics † [Full subscriber]

The availability of double-disc opener planters has allowed the adoption of minimum and zero tillage planting methods as part of an improved farming system. Comparisons of double-disc opener (DD) and conventional mouldboard furrow (MF) planters in the wet tropics have been confounded by cultivation issues. An experiment was conducted at Tully to evaluate the performance of double-disc opener and mouldboard furrow planters under the same cultivation regime, row tillage (RT). Conventional (CT) and zero (ZT) tillage systems were also included. There was no difference in germination and early growth between the two planters due to a modification to the DD…

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