Been talking with Brian quite a bit about what all would be the best tools to do a fairly decent sized sweet corn plot. To sum things up...
- Using a JD 3520 Tractor w/ 4" Spacers on the rear
- Using about a 1 acre area to till, plant, and manage
- Will be planting sweet corn primarily
- I purchased the tractor farm-tax-exempt; so I've legally got to grow sweet corn and sell in 2013
1) Would it be better to use a Tiller, Disk, or Cultivator?
2) What type of planter should I get, and how many units?
3) Should I get a "Row Builder/HipperBedder"?
4) What would be the correct process for it all (ie, till, fertilize, till, plant, side dress, water, harvest, ...)?
5) What other implements or considerations do I need?
Prior Discussion with Brian
- It would be better to use a cultivator vs. a disk since the 3520 lacks ground engaging HP; and vs. the tiller because it would be painfully slow -- the cultivator will be faster, and still get deep down into the soil.- A good 2 unit Yetter / John Deere 71 unit with the rows spaced around 30" would work fineOriginally Posted by Brian (mobile phone)- Stay away form row builders for raised beds, as they keep the plant higher, which in turn takes it away from the nutrient rich area, as well as the fact raised beds seem to dry out faster.Originally Posted by Brian (mobile phone)Originally Posted by Brian (mobile phone)
I am leaning towards a x2 unit/row John Deere/Yetter 71 refurb unit, vs the John Deere 7100 -- primarily because of the drive types. It seems like there would be less to worry about, work out, and go wrong with the 71 unit vs the 7100 -- plus the fact they are cheaper!
I've already got a PTO Tiller (Orange, unfortunately ) -- however it is not wide enough to really come close to covering my rear tires -- which I figured would be at least somewhat of a benefit if they were. I'd be looking at the John Deere 673. Especially since I'm only going to do ~1 acre -- plus, I'd imagine it will be somewhat fun.
At first I was thinking it would be difficult to keep rows straight with a 2-row, and non-raised beds -- but I suppose you would just keep your (left tire) in the (right tire) track on your return trip.