Spader to the Rescue

This is a Tortella Spader attached to a L2250 Kubota 27hp tractor.  The tractor is old, but the spader is new.  We purchased it from Redexim in Fenton, Missouri, a Tortella Dealer.  This Spader is considered a conservation agriculture tool.  Instead of rotating in a circle like a rototiller it chops and lifts to terminate the ground cover and aerate the soil.  This causes less disturbance to the soil and eliminates the worry of creating a hard pan.  This field has been cover cropped in winter rye and buckwheat for two years (self seeded the second year).  We are strip tilling and will be planting potatoes in the spaded rows.  The pass you see in the video is the third pass on this bed.  It has been REALLY wet so working it has been very challenging and the soil has tended to be very clumpy requiring multiple passes with the spader.

Spader blades
The spades of the spader that turn the soil

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