The Rata Blog

Discover innovations, news and tips from NZ's own farm machinery attachments manufacturer.

Maximising Farm Productivity With Essential Tractor And Telehandler Attachments

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Nov 24, 2023 6:30:00 PM

To maximise your farm productivity it is important to have reliable and well-built attachments. At Rata, we having perfected our products for more than 20 years of manufacturing, the principal mistakes that you don’t think about when purchasing have already been eliminated.

Purchasing gear that isn’t built for purpose and longevity will decrease the efficiency of your tasks, as well as cost you more money in the long run by replacing equipment.

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Topics: Insider, Working Smarter, attachments, Tractor Grapples

The Mole Plough: An Effective Subsoil Drainage Machine

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Oct 27, 2023 10:37:54 AM

There are many benefits to be had from improving drainage in fields. Regardless of the crop or pasture being grown, too much soil moisture can hinder or reduce the performance of the yield.

Mole ploughing is widely used in New Zealand on heavy soils to improve the productivity of pasture and crops by creating water pathways through the field to permanently open or subsurface drains. This method of soil drainage is one of the most cost effective ways to overcome water logging issues with minimal disturbance to the surface and standing crops or pasture.

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Topics: Insider, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Working Smarter, Soil Aeration & Drainage

Boosting Crop Health with Effective Soil Aeration: A Comprehensive Guide on Subsoil Aerators

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Sep 28, 2023 10:45:00 AM

Introduction to Soil Aeration and Its Importance'

Subsoil Aeration is the term used to describe the loosening of the subsoil structure along with the removal of any compacted layers. To create a more porous and aerated soil in which nutrients along with water can flow. This increase in soil permeability enables fertilisers and nutrients to flow to the root zone, to be taken up more effectively. And also for the roots themselves to grow more vigorously as the resistance becomes less.

One of the essential elements for plant development is soil aeration. However, while farmers frequently fertilise their fields or irrigate them, soil aeration is frequently overlooked and goes neglected. However, the positive benefits of soil aeration on root activity and growth guarantee is healthy plants, and as a result, excellent yields.

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Topics: Insider, Working Safer, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Working Smarter, Soil Aeration & Drainage

Effects Of Getting Carbon Into The Soil

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Aug 24, 2023 11:22:05 AM

Have you ever thought about the effects of getting carbon into the soil?

Did you know that a 1% increase in soil organic carbon equates to about a 2% increase in water holding capacity? So a soil with a water holding capacity of 200mm will hold an additional 4mm of water.

There is currently interest in the transfer of carbon from the atmosphere back into the soil. Farmers are beginning to look at carbon markets, just as they look at crop markets to improve their bottom line.

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Topics: Insider, Working Safer, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Working Smarter