The folks at 360 Yield Center have launched a new ripper point for aftermarket use on Case IH and John Deere rippers. Called the 360 Bullet Ripper Point, it is designed with an aerodynamic profile and wide wings to more completely fracture the soil profile, eliminating undisturbed berms of soil that occur between points of traditional rippers, and OEM points, the company claims.
In a media release announcing the new product, Ron Lloyd, agronomy and research lead for 360 Yield Center, comments: “Nutrients are locked up under berms created by traditional ripper points. Corn roots travel the path of least resistance and can move along the crease created by the ripper point. Due to this, nutrient utilization is diminished and yield can suffer. Unlocking these “berms” allow the roots to access water and nutrients in the entire tilled soil profile.”
According to the company the 360 Bullet uses wide wings to create a wake behind the ripper. This wake spreads to the middle of the row and creates a fracture line to loosen soil to the full ripping depth, which eliminates berms common during traditional tillage. 360 Yield Center tested the 360 BULLET Ripper Points in a variety of soil types and conditions, and time trials showed the 360 BULLET moved more soil but did not take significantly more horsepower or fuel. In half-acre time trials, the 360 BULLET took only 1.5% more time to reach the finish line, and it maintained a pulling speed equal to traditional ripper points.
360 BULLET Ripper Points are currently available for Case IH 870, 875, 530 and 730 ripper models and John Deere 512, 2700 and 2730 ripper models. 360 BULLET also will be available for Landoll and the Krause/Kuhn Dominator ripper and most other models in the future. The 360 BULLET Ripper Points retail for $130 per point. Visit www.360YieldCenter.com/Dealers to find a 360 Yield Center dealer near you.