The SoilWarrior® Edge™ combines the durability, versatility and nutrient placement of a SoilWarrior with a tractor-mounted three-point system designed for primary tillage and zone freshening.
The SoilWarrior Edge’s toolbar double folds, utilizing a six-row center section compared to an eight-row center section found on other toolbars to make transportation easier. Operators can make adjustments to the system from the tractor cab, such as switching from 12 to 16 rows or changing row unit down pressure.
It’s the customizability that really stands out to custom applicators and growers.
“The Edge’s row unit is very adaptable. You can utilize a shank or coulter row or a combination. It does the same thing as two row units but in one,” said Environmental Tillage Systems Vice President Brent Brueland. “If an operator has a different brand of tillage equipment and wants to replace their row units with ours, they can because the SoilWarrior Edge is built for all standard toolbars. It also has the capability to apply multiple different fertilizers — dry, liquid and NH3 — and from different sources: pull-behind carts or tractor mounted.”
Putting It To The Test
Among a number of reasons for developing the SoilWarrior Edge was demand for a three-point-system, particularly by growers and custom tillage applicators who have become familiar with the capabilities and effectiveness of other SoilWarrior systems. One of those SoilWarrior users, Ty Fickenscher, owner of Upward Ag Services in Axtell, Neb., had the opportunity to participate in pre-commercial testing in 2020 with the SoilWarrior Edge.
“We pushed our unit hard. We covered about 2,400 acres with it, which was about four times more than we thought we’d cover, and got into some really tough, dry conditions. It was very durable. The knives we used never broke on those 2,400 acres we ran. On other systems, we run for 900 or 1,000 acres and have to switch the knives out,” Fickenscher said.
Fickenscher also pointed to how he found the residue flow, as with previous SoilWarrior units he used, to be to his liking with no plugging issues, giving him the ability to go across rows while running the system.
Building On Innovative Strip-Till Technology
Like other SoilWarrior systems, the SoilWarrior Edge is a complete precision strip-till and nutrient placement system that combines the seedbed preparation of conventional tillage with the economic and environmental advantages of conservation tillage. This system helps minimize equipment passes, enables precise fertilizer placement, helps reduce soil erosion and improves soil health.
Capable of operating under a wide range of conditions, the SoilWarrior Edge produces superior planting zones without smearing or shearing the soil structure or leaving voids beneath the surface. The seedbed created by the SoilWarrior Edge allows for premium planter ride quality, helps enable accurate and consistent seed placement and optimal plant uptake of fertilizer blended throughout the zone.
Looking ahead, Brueland sees the SoilWarrior Edge as the next step in the evolution of ETS and its commitment to land stewardship and conservation through strip-tillage.
“It’s the first in a series of strip-till advances coming in the next few years from ETS. We won’t be replacing anything. We’re adding. We’re going to remain a strip-till dedicated company. We’re not distracted by other product lines. We’re 100% focused on strip-till,” Brueland said.
Growers and custom applicators interested in learning more about the SoilWarrior Edge can check it out here: http://www.soilwarrior.com/soilwarriors/soilwarrior-edge.