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Sam Searle

What is the best season to Subsoil Aerate? Spring vs. Autumn

Posted by Sam Searle on Apr 23, 2020 12:07:03 PM

"When is the best time to subsoil aerate?"

It’s a question we’re often asked by farmers looking to begin subsoil aeration.

Whilst the best time for aeration is typically understood to be Spring, there has also been some good reasons come to light in recent times that would support aeration your subsoil in Autumn.

The reasons for each are somewhat different, up for debate & really depend on each land owner's unique situation and soil type. In this blog we give a brief explanation of the reasons you should aerate in spring, and may also do in autumn.


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Topics: Cultivation, Tips, Hacks & How To's, Pasture & Crop Management, Soil Aeration & Drainage

Rata COVID-19 Service Update

Posted by Sam Searle on Mar 25, 2020 2:17:58 PM

Message from Rata Industries Group Ltd regarding COVID-19


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Topics: Insider, Health and Safety

When should you aerate for drought or fertiliser - Before, During or After?

Posted by Sam Searle on Feb 24, 2020 2:54:30 PM

It’s a question we are often asked, ‘Should I aerate, before or after fertilizing? & is it best to aerate before, during or after a drought’. Well, in this blog we’ve put our knowledge along with that of other research together to answer those two questions.

Read on to find out when the best time to aerate is.


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Topics: Fertiliser Spreading, Cultivation, Pasture & Crop Management, Soil Aeration & Drainage

Auger Bucket turns a 45 minute job into a 12 minute task!

Posted by Sam Searle on Feb 3, 2020 11:34:41 AM

Saving time is something that's always on the ever busy farmers mind. Recently we visited a Taranaki farm to deliver an Auger Bucket for feeding out Palm Kernel into feed troughs. Using the Auger Bucket turned a 45 minute job into a 12 minute task!

A time saving of 73%!


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Topics: Silage & Winter Feed Handling, Working Smarter, attachments, Product Explainer