I have used the tractor version of a cultimulcher on 3 other farms in the past, I really liked it for weed control and seed bed prep. Here is a video of the Perfecta II that I am used to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8_MCajjA3k. This version comes with a wider duck foot sweep on the s tines and is able to dig deeper than my Schipshe cultimulcher.

Here is what I currently have on all of my tines, http://qualityfarmsupply.com/products/2-3-slash-4-x6mm-2-hole-danish-sweep
Last week I bought a set of more aggressive sweeps for one row of my S tines, they look like this http://qualityfarmsupply.com/products/6mmx4-danish-sweep. I want one row to be more aggressive to larger weeds. The first row of S tines is the least aggressive and the back the most aggressive, I will try these new sweeps on the middle row of tines. I fully expect the pull to be harder, but this time of year the horses are in shape, the weeds are larger and the area being covered is smaller.

I think that any tillage tool has the potential to make a hard pan. Below is some picture evidence of the hard pan that the perfecta on the tractor made after bare fallowing this section of the field for several weeks (the section of all open water to the left of the sweet corn). We had planned on seeding it down to fall crops, but didn’t have time to do it until right before Irene hit, so we opted to wait and see what the storm brought. The field turned into pudding and we weren’t able to do anything but broadcast some rye onto it for the winter and even that didn’t work well, darn lowland clay. Anyway the storm peeled back the layer of topsoil that we had been working with the Perfecta and showed us clear evidence that it can also cause a hard pan.

As Eli points out this type of tool doesn’t do a good job killing quack grass, I leave the disk and chain harrow for that task.

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