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Ken Kimes  |  Greensward / New Natives LLC  |  Aptos, CA

Subject: Tiller / bed shaper

Good Morning

We are looking at using a tiller/ bed shaper as a one unit combination. Anyone out there using that combo now? What's your set up, manufacturer, horse power, bed height? And most important what are the draw backs, or pit falls to trying to use these two as one unit?

Thanks Ken

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08/18/15

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  |  Yanmar America  |  Adairsville, GA commented

Ken Krimes, You might be interested to learn about this product recently introduced by Yanmar America. A 4-in-1 rotary tiller / bed shaper. In one pass, you can till, shape a bed, install one or more irrigation tubes, and install your choice of plastic or paper mulch. Video here: https://youtu.be/5yRsJ54TriA

Yanmar Tractor dealer locator: https://www.yanmartractor.com/dealer-locator

07/09/18 5:55 AM, updated

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Justin King  |  Capay Apiary Products  |  Orland, CA

Subject: Attention ALMOND growers

1x1x4' tree stakes $.45 apiece.

do you have leaning trees or DON'T want leaning trees then these are the stakes for you.

minimum order 20,000

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01/30/17
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Ralph Rittenhouse  |  Elderbroc Farm  |  Lakeport, CA

Subject: For sale: complete plastic mulching system includ...

For sale: complete plastic mulching system includes mulch layer, Holland 1265 Mulch Transplanter, bed shaper with lifter attachment. Also 5 rolls of 4000', 1.25 mil black/silver plastic mulch. All equipment is in very, very good condition. Ready to go to work. $4500.00 Contact Ralph Rittenhouse at 707 245-5183 or elderbrocfarm@yahoo.com.

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02/18/14

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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

That is a nice setup. The mulch layer will work fine with a 30 hp tractor but I'm not sure about the Transplanter.

FYI, I have a 1265 planter, and it is hands-down the best transplanter I have ever used. It is super fast, very little maintenance, and can also be used on bare soil. We use it to transplant all of our tomatoes, melons, squash, etc. It is not easy to change the planting distance (at all), but we get by fine planting everything at the same spacing (14").

06/16/14 9:54 AM

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Diane Matthew  |  Mt. Barnabe Farm  |  Lagunitas, CA

Subject: Flail mowers for small tractors

I am considering purchasing a flail mower for my 20 horse tractor and am having trouble getting detailed information on them. Does anyone have experience with them and can you recommend a brand? I am hoping that a flail mower will breakup a very mature (dry) cover crop to be left as mulch to protect the soil. Do they cut up some weed seed such as fox tails?

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06/28/18

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

I want to say that it depends on your use/field. Y knives would be more suitable if you don’t have brush tho’.. perhaps Mike Madison is right..but I want to bet on Y knives for grass/cover crop and thick soft stems upto 2 inches. Beyond 3-4 inches, hammer is better. You won’t get a finish or fine mulch with hammer. dry grass though will always be weirder than green crop. a sickle mower might work better if you are dealing with dry grass, IMO ..having said that..I am intuiting here.

07/02/18 8:05 AM

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Karen Giovannini  |  University of California Cooperative Extension  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: AgTech

I was recently in a meeting about AgTech and how the rural communities don't have adequate access to the internet to take full advantage or even use these technologies. There was also discussion about how using AgTech doesn't necessarily reduce the amount of labor needed - humans are needed to run/fix the technology...for higher labor costs (better paying jobs). But the idea was to reduce inputs and increase yields by farming smarter and that overall the savings would be greater. Thoughts about AgTech for small farms? Availability or not of the internet to use it? AgTech and labor? Thanks

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05/17/18

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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

A bit of a digression from this thread, but in response to the last post by Greg Valdivia, there was one post re: a USDA pilot crop insurance program for organic/diversified farmers a few years ago: http://www.farmsreach.com/welcome/groups/business-management-financing/forum/topic/the-usda-just-announced-a-pilot-crop-insurance-pr/

06/01/18 4:42 PM

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Ken Kimes  |  Greensward / New Natives LLC  |  Aptos, CA

Subject: Ag Tech

Hola

My father, a tractor dealer, was always very proud that he sold the first 3 point hitch in CA. For you tractor owners, think about life with out a 3 point. It wasn't terrible, but it's better with.

As far as AG technology goes the game changer I see is machine vision, coupled to GPS, to pick. Right now we are all, very large and very small, at the same point when it comes to picking. The large berries growers pick by hand in exactly the same manner as the smallest. When the robots take over the task then the sale price can hit a real bottom. Fortunately this is a very hard problem to solve.

Robot Free might be a new label.

Ken

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05/18/18
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Tom Page  |  Page's Organics  |  Ramona, CA

Subject: hello out there any advise on fertilizer injector...

hello out there

any advise on fertilizer injectors? Looking at dosamatics or dosatrons!

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01/05/14

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  |  Ryan Custom Fabrication/Fertech Fertilizer Applicators  |  Salinas, CA commented

We build fertilizer hoppers with injection blades. Website http://fertechfertilizerapplicators.com.

we have injection blades the videos on the website are not the best but will show the blades.

Paul I will be checking out the website. Thanks
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Michelle & Douglas Bearmar  |  Black Mountain Pack Llamas Farm & Ranch  |  Ramona, CA

Subject: Walk-behind tractors

Hi I have a small market farm that I'm looking to expand out to a couple of acres ultimately and its painfully obvious that I can't do this all with hand labor. I've been looking at the walk behinds as an option...specifically the BCS models. Does anyone use these? If so, what are your opinions? They are a bit pricey so it would be a one shot deal...I wouldn't expect to have to replace it. I'm especially interested in durability, consistency with respect to reliability and versatility.

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04/12/18

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

I agree with those who suggested no/low tillage practices for small acreage farms. I am one myself..but it is labour intensuve and expensive ..and without markets, loss making. The ONLY solution is automation through robotics. there is a sweet spot where automation can take care of labour intensive costs and everything can’t be automated..but IT IS POSSIBLE.

robotics and farming are both my passions but there isnt enough interest for people to develop tech that suits us. Small acreage farmers are at a disadvantage and we must stop seeing ourselves as peers to broad Acre farmers and corporate farmers. Those methods won’t work for us because the economies of scale are worked into their margins and they are mostly automated anyways. The only way is robotics and automation and tech.

but for industry to develop tech for us, we have to band together and collate data to be clear about what we

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Transitions: Shermain Hardesty, former Director of UC Small Farm Program & 30 years serving CA f

Hot off the presses: the first blog in our mini-series interviewing a few respected leaders in the CA sustainable farming and agriculture movement who recently retired to a life of a bit more free time and freedom! In our first post, we share highlights (+ full transcript) from our conversation with Shermain Hardesty, former Director of the UC Small Farm Program.

Click to peruse her reflections on the past 30 years serving CA farmers and pontifications on the future of sustainable farming in California, including what new farmers should be tracking most closely, the future of Cooperative Extension, the role small farmers have in our future food system, and more... Enjoy!

Stay tuned for our next posts in the series: Ed Thompson of American Farmland Trust, and Tom Willey of T&D Willey Farms. If you know of other influential folks in the sustainable agriculture sector who have transitioned recently

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03/30/18
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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Robotics and Small Acreage Farms at Eco Farm

hello all,

happy new year!

I spoke at eco farm about robotics and small acreage farms here:

https://eco-farm.org/conference/2018/session/technology-rescue-will-robots-save-day-ag

there was a lot to cover but I just spoke about the main points.

i have attempted to upload the slides I presented there and I am keeping it here for a bit:

http://jellicle-cats.squarespace.com/jellicles2018/2018/1/26/vx5tk9ae9re0i0rfxmm3n9evglcmnu

if there are any points you’d like to discuss, we can take it from here.

I am also preparing a use case/ scenario document to figure out the development cost for my design‘s prototype.

Any input on how farmers visualize small acreage ag-bots on a use case basis is also good for us to discuss here.

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01/30/18

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Thanks, Paul. You make good points. Here are my thoughts:

1. Someone in our recent past thought that designing a tractor was a good idea. Or we would be plowing with horses or bullocks.

2. ag bots will replace mechanisation. And it will be cheaper. And more efficient.

3. Most importantly, they will be autonomous for repetitive tasks. You still need to hire someone to drive a tractor. With robots, code will drive your tractor.

4. The future generation wont know how to look at transmission but they will know how to fix buggy code. We have to build for them.

5. The average size of farms in other parts of the world..esp Asia is 3-7 acres. Tractors and pesticide use is bankrupting farmers. Perhaps we don’t see that much here because we grow a lot in CA for the rest of the country and what we cant grow, we import. It’s not a model of sufficiency but based on hedging and creation of deficits.

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