Video Clip: Perfecta Field Cultivator from Vegetable Farmers and their Weed Control Machines

Organic Agriculture June 02, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

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Vegetable Farmers and their Weed-Control Machines [DVD]. V. Grubinger and M.J. Else. 1996. University of Vermont Extension. Available for purchase at http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/Videos/weedvideo.htm (verified 31 Dec 2008).

This is a Vegetable Farmers and their Weed Control Machines video clip.

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Tim Taylor, Crossroad Farm. Fairlee, VT.

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Here’s the Perfecta Field Cultivator, this is something new for me that I‘m just experimenting this year with. I hope it’s going to reduce my reliance upon a rotovator in my field bed preparation.

Normally my present practice is to subsoil in the spring. Put the subsoiler on - our two shank subsoiler and run it around the entire thirty or forty acre farm, subsoiling. Then gradually manure and rotovate and make beds as I need them. Then in the fall once again use the rotovator to incorporate the residue. I have some concerns about soil structure and I’m trying to look for alternatives to that - in especially the bed preparation in the spring and also again in witch grass control.

This video project was funded in part by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (USDA).  

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