[Market-farming] cultivation/transplanting systems

Allan Balliett allan.balliett at gmail.com
Thu Jul 12 12:00:22 EDT 2012


where do you get one of these Japanese paperpot transplanters? Thanks
for all of this info =Allan in WV

On Thu, Jul 12, 2012 at 9:35 AM, Andy Fellenz <artisanfarms at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I use a Japanese paperpot transplanter for all of my alliums, beets, turnips
> and any greens which can be planted at either a 2, 4 or 6" spacing.  The
> plants are set in 4 row beds with 10-12" between the rows.  The paperpot
> transplanter has been a gamechanger in terms of reducing growing costs and
> improving yields per bed foot for these crops.
>
> For larger plants or plants needing a greater spacing I use a Holland Rotary
> One transplanter mounted on a home grown hydraulically offsetable 3pt. hitch
> that we can use to plant 1, 2 or 3 row beds with while keeping the tractor
> in the same set of tire tracks.  The Rotary one with its offsetable hitch
> requires a tractor with a Cat 2 3 pt.
>
> I have also used a Mehanical Transplanter finger style transplanter for
> setting strawberries, cabbage, tomatoes and several other crops and it has
> worked OK, but demands a little bit more attention and skill on the part of
> the operator than the Rotary One.  This transplanter was completely rebuilt
> in 2010 and is now for sale (and I'm not that far from you - I am in Phelps
> between Rochester and Syracuse.).
>
> I can't comment specifically on the Farmall 140, but I have a Kubota L245H
> which is about the same size which we use for spraying and some cultivating,
> but for most of the vegetable beds on tight spacings we end up using Planet
> Jrs. and hoes.  We also have a compact Kubota for work in the high tunnels
> and tilling and two larger tractors which are used with the Rotary One, for
> primary tillage and hilling our potatoes.
>
>
> Andy Fellenz
> www.FellenzFamilyFarm.com
> 585 260 2477
>
> On Thu, Jul 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM, Jessica Runge <rootsandwingsfarm at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>
>> Hello,
>>
>> First, I just want to say that I really appreciate all of you who
>> contribute to this list.  I’ve learned so much--you’re invisible mentors!
>>
>>
>>
>> Second, how do I search the archives?  I see you can look through the
>> various months, but is it possible to search for, say, “cultivation” and
>> come up with ALL the entries from the past years?
>>
>>
>>
>> Third, our farming methods need to become more efficient.  We currently
>> weed by hand, seed with an earthway push seeder, and transplant by hand.  I
>> should say, we do that when we can!  We’ve also become “long term” foster
>> parents to four siblings (no, they’re not old enough to be a farm crew!).
>> We do have a MF 165 that we bought last year.  We use it for tilling,
>> disking, and hilling/digging potatoes.  It’s great, but now I need to do a
>> better and faster job with the seeding/transplanting/cultivating.  It seems
>> that most mixed-veg farms have two tractors—one for the heavy work, and a
>> smaller tractor for cultivation/seeding.
>>
>>
>>
>> We grow a mix of crops for a non-traditional CSA.  There are four acres in
>> production, though at least half of that is in cover crop, typically.  We
>> plant squash and tomatoes as one-row crops, but many of our crops are
>> planted 2 rows to a bed(peppers, eggplant, potatoes, leeks), 3 rows to a bed
>> (like carrots, beets), sometimes 4 rows (onions, radishes), and even more
>> dense for things like lettuce mix and arugula.  Each bed is 200’ long, and
>> almost 5’ wide (the width of the tiller, does not include the tire tractor
>> tracks).  I’m willing to change the planting layout, but am just not sure
>> what equipment would most suit our needs.  I could also move the tires on
>> the MF so that the tiller just makes a “clean slate” of the field and a
>> smaller tractor could imprint the bed layout.
>>
>>
>>
>> There is a Farmall 140 for sale with cultivators nearby (a later version
>> of the Super A).  I think I can make it work for our current system, but is
>> there something more appropriate for multi-row beds?
>>
>> Is an Allis G worth waiting/paying for?   They seem hard to find…
>>
>> What are your “systems”—what do you use for tillage, seeding,
>> transplanting, cultivation?
>>
>> How are your rows/beds/fields set up?
>>
>> If you could start over, what would you do differently?  What would you do
>> the same?
>>
>>
>>
>> Thank you!
>>
>> Jessica Runge
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Roots & Wings Family Farm
>>
>> 523 Kent Street
>>
>> Cherry Creek, NY 14723
>>
>>
>>
>> Phone: 716.338.6153
>>
>> Email:  rootsandwingsfarm at gmail.com
>>
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>>
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>>
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