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New Zealand Rancher Plants Trees With "Made It Myself" Rig
When you plant 8 miles of trees for shelter belts plus several forest plots in stony soil, you need all the help you can get. Ian Bruce of New Zealand, built a tree planter that helped him plant more than 40,000 trees over a couple decades with a 97 percent survival rate.
  After working up the soil three times, he attaches his homebuilt planter to his tractor’s 3-pt. hitch. A round bin on top holds up to 150 1-year-old saplings. His home-built “knife” cuts a slot in the ground. As a driver pulls the planter, another person walks behind, placing trees in the slot.
  “We tramp them and pull the small trees up a little to make sure the roots point downwards,” Bruce explains.
  The system is simple, but has been very effective as proven by nice stands of 20-year-old trees that will be logged one day.
  The trees are important for Bruce’s sheep ranch. It’s very windy and the trees – up to seven rows deep – provide shelter, especially during lambing season.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ian Bruce, Leaches Rd., Hororata Rd. 2, Darfield 8172, New Zealand.

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6