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Car Ramps Make Great "Hillers"
A couple of car ramps, mounted on the back of a tractor, eliminated hours of labor preparing Ron Rosandich's pumpkin patch.     The Granton, Wis., man used to spend two days with a shovel hilling between 3 and 3 1/2 acres before planting. With the 3-point mounted car ramps, it's a 2-hr. job.
  He started with an old spot cultivator his neighbor planned to junk. Rosandich removed the teeth and bolted his ramps to it.
  "I reinforced and added weight to the ramps with heavy metal inside, and on the bottom I bolted old iron fence posts for skid shoes so they don't wear out," he explains.
  He bolted the ramps to the arms of the former cultivator, spaced about 15 in. apart.
  "The car ramps are mounted so the angles point forward. They pull in the dirt, which comes out the back, building up the row," Rosandich says. "The soil gets worked up pretty good."  
  He hills the field a couple days before he plants. Rosandich and his wife work about 5 hours to plant the patch by hand in a checked pattern every 6 ft. so the plot can be cultivated both ways.
  Planting pumpkins is a job Rosandich enjoys - especially now that he isn't all tired out from hilling by hand.
  The Rosandiches set up a self-serve stand in the fall to sell their pumpkins.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ron Rosandich, W1937 State Highway 73, Granton, Wis. 54436 (ph 715 238-7280).

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3