2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
New Zealand Rancher Plants Trees With "Made It Myself" Rig
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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