Optima T – Versatile and powerful harrow
Optima T is a powerful harrow for varying soils. Its spacious frame structure, flotation tyres and sturdy tines make Optima an excellent harrow for varying conditions. Optima has been used and tested on thousands of farms for several years, and it has been proven to work on both lighter soil types as well as clay.
Farm Manager Zsolt Podgornik works at 1500-hectare farm at Nagyhegyes in the Hajdúság region, one of the largest agricultural areas of eastern Hungary. The farm utilises modern technology. For example, most of the fertile land is irrigated with an automatic system. The intensive farming operations enable the farm to focus on producing high-yield products for stable markets. The farm cultivates corn, pea, bean, potato, sugar beet and sunflower. Most of these plants require irrigation, or at least benefit from it.
All of the plants are seeded in the spring, which requires the use of high-capacity cultivators. When it was time to procure a new harrow, the farm began looking for machines with the working width of at least 10-12 metres. ”The large working width was a key requirement, but Multiva stood out with its premium quality,” says Zsolt Podgornik. The farm procured the Optima T 1250, which was commissioned in the spring of 2014 for seeding and fertilising. The harrow was pulled with a 400-hp tractor, cultivating at a high speed and a greater working depth. Thanks to the farm's approach, there was no need to worry about the soil drying up: seeding is done immediately after cultivation, after which the soil is irrigated.
In the spring of 2015, the farm performed shallow cultivation for sugar beet. The heavy tractor that was in use the previous spring would have been too heavy for the ploughed field. ”The smaller tractor performed well enough on most fields, and whenever the tractor struggled, we would remove the outer parts, using the harrow in the width of 10 metres. The customisability is greatly beneficial,” Pogornik states. – ”Optima T is suitable for highly detailed work.”