Video Clip: Roller for Stale Seedbed from Vegetable Farmers and their Weed Control Machines

Organic Agriculture August 30, 2018 Print Friendly and PDF


Vegetable Farmers and their Weed-Control Machines [DVD]. V. Grubinger and M.J. Else. 1996. University of Vermont Extension. Available for purchase at (verified 31 Dec 2008).

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


Tom Harlow, Kestrel Farm. Westminster, VT.

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OK, this is a roller that comes from off of the back of a field cultivator, the brackets have been cut off and we just mount it, mid-mount underneath this tractor. It’s ground driven, it rolls very freely. We use this in the initial preparation of a stale seed bed, sub-soiling first and then coming back with this roller to make a nice smooth and level seed bed, and then about a week to 10 days later we come back and hit the beds with this roller to kill any small weeds that have germinated just before we plant. Another very important thing to remember about tilling a stale seed bed with this, is that you don’t want to go so deep that you’re bringing up new weed seeds so we try to go no more than 2 inches deep for this, we also travel very fast to get a good stirring of the soil.

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

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.