3 Point Cultipacker
as a farmer, having a successful food plot means being properly equipped and implementing sound farming practices. among other things, you need to have a well-prepared seedbed and ensure the seeds are in contact with the soil sufficiently. to achieve that, you need a cultipacker, but you probably already know that. you might be wondering instead when to use a cultipacker. also, do you cultipack before or after seeding? isn’t a regular lawn roller good enough for the job? if you’ve been asking yourself these questions, here’s what you need to know.
when to use a cultipacker
to know when to use a cultipacker, you should use this tool when you’ve completed your tillage and you want seamless seed-to-soil contact across your plot. it’s also important to use the tool if you want to reduce the number of seeds that go too deep into the soil.
once you’ve successfully completed your disking, the next obvious step is to get your seedbed ready for seeding by making it firm and even. our inexpensive 3-point cultipacker should be enough to help you achieve that because it compresses the air out of freshly tilled soil. this is especially important if you’re planning to plant small-sized seeds, such as brassicas or clovers.
do you cultipack before or after seeding?
knowing how and when to use a cultipacker with regard to seeding can affect your yield. you should use a cultipacker before and after seeding. before you plant, you have to crush the dirt clogs in the soil, remove the air pockets and press down the small stones to form an even and firm seedbed. you also have to ensure the soil has optimum moisture retention and availability before broadcasting the seeds.
the cultipacker’s corrugated packing cylinder helps you achieve this quite easily. remember that you have test your seedbed to see whether it has attained the optimum firmness after cultipacking. if your boot tracks sink down roughly ½ to 1 inch below the soil surface, then it’s at its optimum firmness. if it is softer than that, it means you have to repeat the cultipacking process until you attain the right firmness before you begin planting.
once you broadcast the seeds, you’ll also need to use the cultipacker to firm up the soil around the seeds. this is important because it ensures the seeds are placed optimally in the ground and that they are in contact with the soil. remember that if you didn’t cultipack the seedbed properly before planting, performing the process after seeding may drive your seeds too deep into the soil as the soil may still be too soft.
lawn roller vs cultipacker
like many farmers, you may have wondered whether there’d be any significant difference if you chose a lawn roller vs a cultipacker. it’s true that lawn rollers are great and adequate when it comes to smoothing and firming the soil. however, these tools have flat packing cylinders that make them less effective compared to the cultipacker. the cultipacker’s packing cylinder is usually corrugated; that means that it leaves small valleys in the soil as the machine moves across the plot.
these valleys are important because they channel rainwater to the seeds while reducing evaporation that is caused by wind. our high-quality cultipacker will help you achieve an optimum depth for the valleys; in other words, the valleys will be deep enough to avoid too much water retention, facilitate enough water channeling and reduce evaporation.
there are many things that determine how well your crops grow; however, having the right tools can be the difference between success and failure. now that you know when and why you should use a cultipacker, the next step is to get started with one.