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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

Are You In Need Of A Product That Is Going To Save You Time?

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on Jun 26, 2023 12:13:00 PM

Rata’s front end loader tool carrier/hitch adaptors are made to suit almost any brand of loader or type of material handler. Simple, easy and jam resistant, a great back saver.

With the ability to use standard and commonly available attachments for tractors, or telehandlers.

This product reduces the need to have specific attachments for the telehandler.

“This is the best attachment I have on the farm, I wish I had it 30 years ago”- Farmer Canterbury.


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Topics: Insider, Material Handling, Working Safer, Bale Handling & Storage, Tips, Hacks & How To's, attachments, Tractor Grapples

Stuck Between Some Rain And A Hard Place?

Posted by Casey-lee Cranston on May 25, 2023 2:52:00 PM

Of all the years, recent weather events have got plenty of people thinking about the condition of their property and the performance of their paddocks. Our soil’s ability to deal with excessive amounts of rain, as well as the effect of several hundred hooves or heavy machinery rolling around on top of it can have a dramatic effect to your farms output and what ends up in your hip pocket.


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