Finish primary beds

Manage soil moisture with simplicity

Finish primary beds
    Bed shapers equipped with tillage
attachments lightly loosen and till the top
few inches of primary beds. Leveling the
bed top exposes well-conditioned soil for
seeds or transplants. Forming bed to final
shape prepares for application of plastic
    Expose moisture and encourage
warmer soil for early planting. Medium-to-
heavy soils often benefit from minimal
tillage like this, resulting in a finer seedbed.
Take advantage of the soil's natural ability
tocrumble when moist and to retain
moisture. Avoid the heavy tillage work
and soil movement that otherwise comes
with forming the entire bed from scratch.
    Primary beds allow soil to dry faster
and more uniform so Bed Conditioners
are the first to get into the field for
seedbed preparation. It may also be the
only tool needed before planting since
primary field work and primary bedding
was done after harvest.

ultivate & reshape beds before planting

Pre-emptive weed kill

Cultivate and reshape stale beds
    Beds made early are waiting until time
to plant, which allows beds to increase
moisture but also allows weeds to start.
Reworking beds before planting uproots
starting weeds and breaks crusty top soil.
Minimal tillage promotes early weed
control and retention of moisture. In a wet
year, some light tillage can help bed tops
dry faster.
Incorporating cover crops
    Integrate cover crops with raised beds
and benefit from both. This requires the
right equipment to incorporate the cover
crop and effectively finish beds before
    Bed Reconditioners utilize minimum
tillage techniques to cut up and mix in
organic matter. Bed shaping hardware let
residue pass through. Please inquire for
more details.

Permanent raised beds
    These simple bed shaping techniques are also part of a permanent raised bed system. Permanent raised beds may initially appear to be additional work, but in reality it saves time and saves field work by eliminating the conventional practice of building and leveling raised beds every year. Permanent raised beds do require conforming both primary and secondary tillage equipment to the shape of the bed, which incurs an initial equipment investment but immediately reaps substantial benefits, which include:
    1) Controlled wheel traffic to limit compaction - tractors always drive in furrows
    2) Year-'round moisture control - bed tops are in better condition for field work
    3) Much less field work in the spring - the weather may no longer be in charge of planting schedules for early - or any - crops
    4) Compatible with multi-year or permanent irrigation lines.