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Re: Which cultivator to buy? - Opinions

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The danish tines are a high speed deal. They need speed to get the job done. That being said , the most inportant cultivating is the first one. You need to get all the little sprouting weeds BEFORE they get big, AND even more important is setting everything right to COVER the weeds in the row itself. Usually you won't get that with a high speed cultivator. You will be going slow on the most critical cultivation so get the one that does a good job slow. Probably the spring shank one. And throw away those rolling shields. If you set the shield up enough to get soil to roll in and up around the plant stem and cover the weeds then it is up high enough to not even be needed. FIRST TIME IS THE KEY! Soil , speed , depth , and weed growth stage all have to be right . After the first time any cultivator will work. Dad never believed in spray because back in the '60,s/'70,s most was hit and miss and expensive. We raised mostly soys and cultivation was weed control so we had to perfect it. One thing we used if conditons warranted was a rotary hoe to tear out those little two leaf weed sprouts that got up ahead of the beans. Worst thing you can do is plant right before a rain. Those weeds will sprout instantly and always be ahead of the crop. If you can plant after working the soil up and letting the top dry a day then your seed will be down in the moisture but the top where the weed seeds are will be dry and not germinate anything letting the crop get up and get a headstart on the weed. You need the crop to be 4" high when those weeds are just two leafers so you can bury them in the row first time over. How you do it is up to you , and the weather unfortunately.

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