Good tillage along with fast and accurate planting are the secrets to optimizing the development of crops in rainfed agriculture:
Work in dry conditions and use the false seedbed technique
For soil preparation, it is essential to work in dry conditions, before the first rains. Also, encouraging the germination of weeds before planting will help the development of weed free crops.
Optimize the availability of water
Depending on the amount and duration of rainfall during the rainy season, planting should be done in a fairly short window, that is to say, after sufficient rains have fallen and before the ground becomes waterlogged.
In heavy clay soils, it is important to maintain good soil structure with aeration while maintaining the firmness required for root deployement. We encourage the use of robust multifunction machines.
Thus, good tillage and fast seeding allow for optimal root development. This is the key to success and will allow the plant to withstand future droughts.
Precision, speed and multifunctionality
Our many years of field experiments and trials carried out in partnership with local stakeholders (farms, universities) have enabled ICS to determine the most effective approach for planting sunflower crops.
Plowing and planting tools which are both multitasking and fast were favoured to carry out field work. These allow both a minimum amount of labour time and of passages. The results are spectacular!