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Aerator run over hay field

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Louis Torrans

03-10-2011 18:02:38
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Does anyone make a habit of running an aerator over their hay feild? Do you use it either before or after seeding, fertilizing etc? What's your general practice with one?




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Bret4207

03-13-2011 10:49:45
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 Re: Aerator run over hay field in reply to Louis Torrans, 03-10-2011 18:02:38  
I run a light set of discs over the field in spring with the gangs set pretty straight. Seems to cut up the thatch and improve water soaking in.



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NEKS

03-12-2011 05:51:31
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 Re: Aerator run over hay field in reply to Louis Torrans, 03-10-2011 18:02:38  
Used one on my brome hay field, made it rough even with it set straight. Neighbor uses it ahead of no-tilling with it set a on a little angle and he likes the job it does.



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LAA

03-11-2011 09:05:33
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 Re: Aerator run over hay field in reply to Louis Torrans, 03-10-2011 18:02:38  
Deep ripping pastures and hay meadows every 2-5 years is fairly common in my area of the deep south, summer evaporation rate is around 95%, getting the winter rains down into the hardpan gives you an extra month when the summer drouth hits. Row crop farmers do it too. My ripper has three 19'' knives with press wheels, no coulters, on 36'' centers, I pull it with a 105 H.P. MFWD tractor, the trick is to pull it as fast as you can and slice the ground instead of plowing furrows you will have to run hay equipment over. I have cut hay on fields that were ripped with spike wheel aerators and they were rough as a cob two years after the fact.

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BCnT

03-11-2011 07:03:37
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 Re: Aerator run over hay field in reply to Louis Torrans, 03-10-2011 18:02:38  
lots of folks down here in Texas run whats called a pasture renovator on grass hay patches...easiest way to describe implement is multiple sub-soilers set up sorta like a cultivator...used in spring to loosen up soil.



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JMS/.MN

03-10-2011 20:15:43
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 Re: Aerator run over hay field in reply to Louis Torrans, 03-10-2011 18:02:38  
An aerator is normally used on an ESTABLISHED field, to loosen the soil, to absorb fertilizer, or maybe some minor reseeding. No reason to use before seeding- that"s what establishing a seedbed is for.



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CumminsMan

03-10-2011 18:34:57
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 Re: Aerator run over hay field in reply to Louis Torrans, 03-10-2011 18:02:38  
Usually before seeding or spreading fert. Then if u want, drag a harrow over the field to put some dust on the seed, or spread the cow piles.



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