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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

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

How Subsoil Aeration Works

Posted by Sam Searle on Aug 30, 2019 3:53:00 PM

Over time as stocking rates have increased, machinery and implements become heavier and larger, along with repeated tillage operations many farmers have begun to see their pasture growth and crop yeilds decrease due to subsoil compaction issues. Subsoil compaction is easily overcome with aeration, read on to find out how subsoil aeration works.

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

Hakataramea Valley Contractor chooses Rata Discs

Posted by Sam Searle on May 28, 2019 12:27:39 PM

The Hakataramea Valley in the Central South Island is renown for its rugged soils, arid landscapes and at times harsh weather - all together making it a challenging area to farm or operate an agricultural contracting business. When Ben Scott Contracting based in the Hakataramea Valley was looking for a new set of Offset Discs part of the criteria was a machine that could get the job done no matter what the conditions were in order to provide for all farming clients in the surrounding area.

Read on and listen to find out why they chose Rata.

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Topics: Cultivation, Working Smarter