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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Soil sampling rover and other farm bots

while working and doing my homework on my small acreage farm bot, i came across an interesting use case for automation in the field.

i spoke to the founder and got some details. It is made for soil core extraction and has a couple of depth/densities option.

85 acres/hour. 800 acres/day. 6 sample cores every 2.5 acres. It even sleeves the soil cores. GPS-RTK. Moves and selects grids. Will remember the spot so it will go back to same spot the next year. Tracked. 5500 lbs. works best in fall and spring.
Mine is a multi functional platform for a smal acreage(sun 100 acre) farm. Would like ideas on what else farmers would like such a roaming/mapping/sensing platform could do....and how many hours it would save in a farm block of 5 acres. The key is to be able to cram as many tasks in one pass. After talking to him, I realized that soil sampling is also a valuable function for a small farm bot. For
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02/07/19

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Thanks, Hasan. That was valuable input. I agree that agrobotics is multi platform and multi disciplinary. There is no doubt that it is tough. Having said that, we ..as farmers..have an opportunity to influence the next paradigm shift in how the upcoming version of farming will shape up..when we went from horses to tractors, it changed everything. And then some more. At some point, farming became a domain that was out of reach of farmers‘ grasp...today conventional practices aid and also harm ag production. there is no kill switch to detect and deter excesses of erosion or tillage or chemical pollution or pest pressure.

There are two arenas. Where a new technology is born and the other is where it Is implemented. The impact of the act of farming the soil continues and is cumulative on soil, environment, water and even markets. And now as Ag changes again, farmers have a chance to speak up and

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David Plescia  |  New Family Farm  |  Sebastopol, CA

Subject: Tractor models that have worked? The classic One-Tractor dilemma

Howdy Farmers,

I am looking for specific tractor models, old or new (manufacturer, model, and year) that veggie growers have really liked, so that I can search them used on TractorHouse. Our situation is this...

My partner and I are tooling up to break ground on a 6-8 acre, diverse vegetable CSA in Sebastopol. We are researching tractors, and deep into the classic "one tractor conundrum". With the ability to only afford one tractor, we would like to have a versatile one. We'd like it to be able to do primary tillage, as well as has have properly spaced and thin enough tires to get it into our shaped beds to help renovate beds for second-plantings (to undercut, disc, rototill, or spade), to weed the furrows and to possibly flame-weed (if we can find a 60" tractor mounted flame weeder). We will cultivate in-row manually the first years.

Our requirements are: ~50 horsepower, 4WD, 60" center-to-center tread

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  |  Yolo Press  |  Winters, CA commented

I notice that today (12/30) on Modesto craigslist is a Massey Ferguson 275 (72hp) tractor with new engine, new clutch, new tires, 'professionally restored' (according to ad) asking $8500. I would check it out carefully, but that's a tractor that would do everything you need, except cultivating, without running you deep into debt.

12/30/18 6:43 AM

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Eric Brennan  |  USDA-ARS  |  Salinas, CA

Subject: Videos on Cover crop juice & long term, cover crop research

Hi Folks,

Below are links to 3 new videos that I made that I thought might interest you. I presented them at the American Society of Agronomy annual meeting earlier this month in Baltimore. The cover crop juicing video was presented during a symposium focused on improving nutrient management in organic systems, and the other two videos were in a symposium focused on long-term cover cropping research. Take care, Eric

-Juicing cover crops.... Are you Nuts? Maybe, but hear me out! 11:16 Minutes

-Lessons from long-term cover crop research in the "Salad Bowl of the World" 10:31 Minutes

-A quick trip to the "Salad Bowl of the World", 4:54 Minutes

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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?

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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

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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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  |  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").

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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/

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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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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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  |  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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