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Preparing the ideal seedbed

Preparing the ideal seedbed

Preparing the ideal seedbed

13.04.2022

The right technology will help you to prepare the seedbed for the ideal seeding of your crop in only one pass. This operation will not only ensure to conserve the moisture in the ground after winter, the perfect machine will help you to save time and fuel.

<p class="text-block"><strong>EXTREM and VIBROSTAR - the perfect machines to prepare the ideal seedbed</strong><br /> Seedbed combination EXTREM and the seedbed cultivator VIBROSTAR mix fine soil with coarse crumbles to prevent sludging and water evaporation. To keep as much moisture as possible in the soil, it is important to break the capillary action and prepare a lose layer of soil on top of the humid one when preparing the seedbed. Bigger soil clumps are placed on top of the ground to prevent crusts, the fine soil particles remain at the seed horizon. The ground is levelled out by the front levelling plate and the rear crumbler ensures the perfect surface of the field. The ideal seedbed preparation leaves levelled ground with a constant depth to the moist soil – this ensures a perfect germination in case the seeds are placed perfectly. In order to meet various different soil conditions a wide choice of different tools is available to specify the best machine for each farmer.&nbsp;</p>

EXTREM and VIBROSTAR - the perfect machines to prepare the ideal seedbed
Seedbed combination EXTREM and the seedbed cultivator VIBROSTAR mix fine soil with coarse crumbles to prevent sludging and water evaporation. To keep as much moisture as possible in the soil, it is important to break the capillary action and prepare a lose layer of soil on top of the humid one when preparing the seedbed. Bigger soil clumps are placed on top of the ground to prevent crusts, the fine soil particles remain at the seed horizon. The ground is levelled out by the front levelling plate and the rear crumbler ensures the perfect surface of the field. The ideal seedbed preparation leaves levelled ground with a constant depth to the moist soil – this ensures a perfect germination in case the seeds are placed perfectly. In order to meet various different soil conditions a wide choice of different tools is available to specify the best machine for each farmer. 

Tips & tricks for the perfect seedbed preparation

 

  • Medium to coarse tilth with an open structure 
    A perfectly levelled, shallow-cultivated seedbed is characterised by a medium to coarse tilth with an open structure. The seed itself is deposited into a fine-tilth soil horizon with a compacted, water-bearing layer underneath. To avoid damaging the soil through compression, seedbed preparation should be carried out in as few passes as possible. To the extent possible, the land should not be driven over when saturated. The resulting compressed areas and mud silting delay the development of plants.
     
  • "False seedbed" in spring
    If the conditions in spring permit, a "false seedbed" can also be prepared. Weed seeds can germinate and start to grow in a seedbed that is already prepared 2 to 4 weeks before sowing is planned. This population of weeds can then be tackled relatively easily and effectively during actual seedbed preparation before sowing. To intensify this effect, the "false seedbed" can also be cultivated once or twice in between using a seedbed combination or potentially also a tined weeder. This enables weed pressure to be distinctly reduced, particularly during the early stages of the main crop.
     
  • Avoid PTO-driven implements
    To the extent possible, PTO-driven implements such as rotary harrows and spike drums should be avoided, since they can smear the soil in wet conditions. There is also the danger of breaking up the different soil components too intensively when using these implements. When they are used in spring, after the field has been ploughed in autumn, the seedbed can quickly become too fine, which tends to cause mud silting or erosion.

In principle: As rough as possible, but as finely crumbled as necessary.

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