I'm looking for a 12 row cultivator, What is a good quality brand and design ?
I have an Alloway for sale. I bought new in 1995 used very little. Sorry for the delay.
I Will sell for $5000.00
We used to run Buffalo cultivators when we cultivated. They are HEAVY but do a great job.
I have a John Deere that I might sell if you are still looking.
I was told to stay away from John Deere Cultivators
I have a Tebben 12 row for sale. Bought new in 1999. Used 2 years. Comes with row guidance system also. Can e-mail you pictures if you send me your email address. Call or text me at ************ for more information. I’m located in SW Minnesota
It depends how aggressive you need to be and what crops you are cultivating. The ultimate cultivators in flexibility and aggressiveness would be ones designed for ridge till farming. We have are used different models throughout the years and settled on the B and H cultivator.
They look well built
We use orthman 9300 cultivators on our farm.
Are you using it in no-till residue or heavy residue ?
We have been conventional till until this last year. Works fine in heavy corn residue.
If you are talking planting green then killing off and cultivating in that it won't work but I don't think anything will work in that.
We have been farming organically since 1993. We are actually making the move away from cultivating as much as possible because of the damages to soil structure. Our goal is to roller crimp mulches to suppress weeds and give us our nitrogen. You definitely should check it out.
How good of a kill are you getting with the vetches? And are you getting good weed supression? I'm worried about it coming up in the wheat. And if can keep the ragweed out of the corn.
Ultimate that’s The direction I would like to go, cover crops rolling and crimping especially on HEL ground
It's our first year doing notill corn organically so I don't have personal experience ast to how it will go but it is looking quite good currently. If I was transitioning I wouldn't even bother with trying traditional organic practices o would go straight to notill.
Just bought a new 12 row hiniker for less than 35000. Does a great job. Only bought for pigweed control in popcorn.
Is that a single shank ?
Yes, we have the ridging wings that helps cover some small weeds in the row. We could take it a step further and side dress nitrogen
I have a 24 row 22" Alloway for sale if you're interested.
Won’t work, thanks
It will depend on goals, soil, and existing management practices.
We ran a Buffalo for a while, but it was rusted enough that we couldn't make adjustments easily.
We have a Hiniker 5000 single sweep, which seems to work fairly well, but we need to add ridging wings to get it to throw soil into the row better.
We also have a Glencoe 3 shank that is working well for us.
This year we got a hydraulic toplink which has made a huge difference in being able to fine tune how dirt is moved. Speed also makes a difference, as well as the depth you set it at, sweep size, C shank vs straight shank.
If you are using it in a no-till situation you should probably look at any of the single sweep models, with the front culter, Hinker, Kinzie, B and H, Alloway, etc. A Buffalo with the cut away disks will go through a lot but will really mix and stir the soil compared to the more flat sweeps that others offer.
What situations are you wanting to use it in?
I put acres into transition this year.
This won't be completely applicable, but you may glean something helpful from them. Art and Science of Cultivation from OGrain.
Try not to cultivate at all destroys soil structure and ruins environment for earthworms nature’s soil builders they work for free if you just give them some place to hide under last years residue
B&H 12 row 30" for sale (in shed when not being used)
we went to 16 row
I have a hiniker 12 row.
IH VIBRA SHANK STYLE 12-30 SELL SO CHEAP IT WILLL BE HARD TO BELIEVE,
We are transitioning some acres this year as well and purchased a Buffalo and have been impressed. A lot of orgainc guys around us run them. With the cut aways can run close to the row on first pass flip them for second to throw soil into the row and cover small weeds at least in conv. Tillage.