[Market-farming] Williams Tool System
tradingpost at lobo.net
Tue Jul 25 16:42:51 EDT 2006
Sounds like somebody could avoid a lot of work and expense, and improve
production by going no-till with winter cover crops. It's heavily
researched and reported by ATTRA and others. You can do it with or without
paul tradingpost at lobo.net
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On 7/25/2006 at 4:28 PM David Inglis wrote:
>> Is it God Sent, like they say it is?
>There is no such thing.
>Like Paul said, we use it as part of a system. Basket weeders,
>Bezzirides etc. Unlike Paul I do like the side knives etc but I am
>mostly using mine to clean up to within two inches of the row and
>dealing with the in row weeds in other ways. I set mine up with a
>Bezzirides guidance system that runs on the edge of the bed but unlike
>the guidance system offered by Market Farm Implements it does not use
>any extra land. Our Williams is mounted on the back of a Kubota 245H
>with belly mount weeders; because of the guidance system I can set up
>the knives and sweeps, put down as many of the tines as the crop canopy
>allows and go; no looking back.
>But: The Williams will make YOUR land look like a Pebble beach because
>the tines grab any rocks and flip them over to be washed by the next
>rain. If you really have that many rocks then, short of going through
>the place with a decent rock picker, twice, no cultivator will solve
>your problem except maybe one of those French reverse action tillers
>with an internal screen that leaves all the stones at the bottom of the
>We have also found that if you go over the row the Williams will pull
>out starts that have not rooted very well yet. Once rooted most crops
>can be gone over with all the tines down but for the same reason rooted
>weeds will not be taken out with just the tines. It works great for
>blind weeding for us even with what I would regard as moderate amounts
>Good luck mate.
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