Today, in light of the Spring season, it only feels right to show you a piece of equipment that is used in the Spring.
As farmers, we use this piece of equipment every Spring to do something very important when it comes to planting crops in our area. You might see yourself using something similar if you plant a garden every year- or even if it’s your first year planting a garden.
Our piece of equipment is a bit bigger than what you might see being used in a garden, but the concept is the same!
This is a field cultivator. It turns the soil over in a field to break up the topsoil. In a garden you might find yourself tilling your garden- which is the same concept, except on a smaller scale!
Our field cultivator is pretty big because we have a lot of ground to cover. If my husband were to “till” me up a garden with our field cultivator it would be wayyyy too big of a garden for me, at this season in my life.
Tilling the ground is a type of tillage process. We tend to till all of our fields, but the last few years we have had a few fields that we didn’t till and they became known as a “no-till” process.
The field cultivator runs ahead of our planter, once a field gets tilled the planter plants the seed and we spend the summer watching our crops grow!