In the Ag business, rain is a blessing … until it isn’t. Across the country, we’ve had a pretty soggy summer and fall. Some areas have gotten nearly three times their average rainfall.1
So, what can we growers do to keep our crops from drowning?
One tried-and-true solution is raised soil beds.
Benefits of raised soil beds
Raised soil beds are typically built using tools like AMCO’s High-Clearance Bedding Hipper Assemblies. Construction happens in the fall after harvest or in the spring before planting. The basic idea is to boost plants up out of the water, which can lead to better growth and yields. For example, researchers found raised beds had a 17.7-bushel advantage over flat ground in a 2007 study at Mississippi State University.2
The benefits of raised beds don’t end there. They can also improve irrigation in your fields, since water is able to flow freely between the rows. Soil is also able to dry faster and retain moisture better. Finally, weeds like ryegrass don’t like growing in raised beds, which means easier weed control.
Fall or spring?
Whether you build your raised beds in the fall or spring varies by region and soil type. Many growers who plant in heavier soil, like mixed clay, build beds in the fall so they’re ready for spring planting. When spring arrives, they just knock off the top ridge of the beds with the hipper and plant into them. But farmers who plant in softer soil often opt to build beds in the spring so the beds don’t degrade over the winter (and to avoid a time crunch during harvest).
Constructing raised beds
But the real key to constructing solid raised soil beds is using the right tool. AMCO’s High-Clearance Bedding Hipper Assemblies offer top-level performance in high-residue conditions, as well as trouble-free seedbed preparation. Features include:
Did you know? Because raised beds let soil dry faster, you can plant sooner in wet years, which leads to faster crop emergence. On the other hand, raised beds also help soil retain moisture. In a dry spring, farmers just drag more off the top of the bed to get the needed moisture for planting.
For growers who live in regions with a lot of precipitation, terracing is critical for preventing erosion and conserving water and soil. In fact, it’s such an important practice that AMCO designed a plow specifically for terracing—the only one of its kind on the market.
But what is it that makes this unique plow stand out? Why is it a better investment than traditional terracing equipment, like bulldozers and scrapers?
Here’s a list of the top four benefits of using the AMCO Terracing Plow:
When building a terrace, you need durable, high-quality equipment that can get the job done. Not only is the AMCO Terracing Plow the sole plow on the market specifically designed for building and refurbishing terraces—its speed, ease of use, versatility, and sustainability provide a better return on investment than traditional terracing equipment.
To learn more about the Terracing Plow, check out the list of features below or contact our team of tough tillage experts.
Did you know? When breaking ground on a terrace, you’ll get the best results if you keep your tractor speed at or above five miles per hour. Faster speeds reduce construction time by boosting upward and inward movement of soil on the terrace. For more tips, read our step-by-step guide to terrace construction.
Down-to-Earth Advantages of AMCO’s Terracing Plow:
Ask a group of farmers what they like to see in their equipment, and you’ll likely to hear two things: versatility and durability.
Sure, we expect to see these qualities in large disc harrows…but what about smaller models? Are there any small discs on the market that pack a big punch?
You bet! AMCO’s 3-point discs are built to be just as tough and flexible as our large harrows. Because of their compact design, our smaller discs can handle any job you throw at them. Because of their durability, they can overcome the toughest operating conditions.
LOF Lift Offset Harrow
Weighing in at 2,392 pounds, the LOF is designed to tackle specialized applications like building and maintaining food plots, logging roads, gardens, turn rows, and firebreaks. It’s also great for seedbed preparation.
LOF features include:
Want to learn more? Check out this video of AMCO Sales & Marketing Representative Charlie Lane breaking down the LOF’s top features.
Getting the job done at any size: The LOF is available in three cutting widths: 7’6″, 8’3″, and 9’0″.
LTF Lift Double Offset Harrow
Built AMCO tough, the LTF makes tillage and seedbed preparation a breeze. And, like the LOF, it can easily handle building and maintaining food plots, logging roads, gardens, turn rows, and firebreaks.
LTF features include:
Watch the video below to see the LTF in action.
No matter their size, AMCO’s discs are built with one thing in mind: getting the job done. To learn more about the LTF, LOF, and the rest of the AMCO 3-point disc lineup, contact an AMCO tough tillage expert today.
As AMCO’s most massive tool, the G2 Wheel Offset Harrow is famous for its primary tillage performance in tough conditions. But did you know the same features that make the G2 a force to be reckoned with during planting also make it an asset in the construction industry?
“In construction, equipment has to stand up to repeated heavy-duty use, impacts, moisture, sunlight, and weather,” said AMCO Marketing Manager Michael Atwood. “The G2 has gained a reputation as a rugged harrow that can handle these demands.”
The G2 is specifically designed to take on challenging jobs, like working ground that has never been broken before or operating in heavily wooded conditions. Dual spring stabilizers keep the G2 level in changing ground conditions and help the harrow absorb rough terrain.
Weighing in at an impressive 10,179-18,342 lbs., the G2 is equipped with 36″ x ½” cutout blades. It offers a maximum cutting depth of 18 inches and cutting widths of up 20 feet. This gives the G2 power to get down to the root system and move significantly more dirt than other products on the market, making it the ideal harrow for clearing away vegetation.
To handle the 379-550 lbs. of force per blade exerted by the G2, AMCO partnered with a local manufacturer to design an oversized hydraulic cylinder with a special clevis that lifts the harrow into transport position on dual wheels.
“The G2’s scraper is another major advantage,” said Atwood. “It’s a welded system with a curved moldboard, which keeps the blade free of debris when you’re cutting through trash, mixing, aerating, and leveling soil.”
In addition to the scraper, the G2 has several other features that protect it from rough terrain, weather, and harsh impacts. The harrow’s powder-coat finish is more than twice as durable as a wet-paint finish, protecting it from scrapes, abrasions, and flaking. The G2 is also equipped with 2¾” triple-lip sealed Protect-O-Shield® bearings, which eliminate blown seals and prevent wrap damage. Safety features include a transporting lockout, safety chains, a slow-moving placard, and light kits.
“The G2 Wheel Offset Harrow gets the job done,” said Atwood. “It’s an asset on any construction site, whether you’re breaking up road beds, clearing underbrush, or breaking new ground.”
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the G2, contact our tough tillage experts today.
Did you know? Three different tongue settings enable left and right offset positions on the G2.
When you’re out in the field, nothing slows you down like having to replace a bearing clogged with dirt, stubble, and debris. To keep you moving, AMCO fortifies the following equipment with our industry-leading Protect-O-Shield® Bearings:
Protect-O-Shield Bearings are extremely durable; their design virtually eliminates blown seals and wrap damage. For starters, the triple-lip seals lock in grease to keep the bearings properly lubricated. The bearing also holds the seal securely in place during lubrication, preventing pressure from the grease gun from causing a blowout.
But the real secret is our protective shield, which provides an extra layer of defense against dirt and debris. The protective shield covers both sides of the bearing. Any material your equipment kicks up while moving through the field is blocked from damaging or getting stuck in your bearings, allowing you to cover more acres and spend less time replacing clogged or damaged bearings.
“The Protect-O-Shield Bearing is designed to be over-greased to purge out dirt and debris, which will help increase the life of the bearing,” said AMCO Marketing Manager Michael Atwood.
AMCO Protect-O-Shield Bearings are guaranteed for two full years. They should be re-lubricated with appropriate conforming grease after each use and at the end of the season. During lubrication, the bearing should purge new grease and then be rotated to ensure the cavity is completely filled.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our Protect-O-Shield Bearings, contact our tough tillage experts today.
Did you know? This summer, AMCO introduced our new spokesperson, Joe Ricky! J.R. is a longtime AMCO customer and host of the video series “Words of Wisdom With Joe Ricky.” In this series, which is posted in the Videos section of our Facebook page, J.R. gives his advice and perspective on using AMCO equipment. Check out his take on our Protect-O-Shield Bearings!