Training  Kit No 4.1

CEREALS AND MEDIC IN ROTATION  

THE BASIC IMPLEMENTS.

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Script: Brian and Lynne Chatterton.

Photos: Florita Botts.

Additional Photos: Brian Chatterton.

Production: Florita Botts.

 

Photo No. 1  

You may plant a cereal crop on your medic pasture and not lose the medic seed.

There are some special rules that may be new to you even though you are experienced in growing cereals.

If the medic seed is going to survive and germinate in future years you must use shallow cultivation (no more than 10 cm) with tined implements.
 
 

Photo No. 2

First it is essential that you use a tined scarifier to cultivate the land and prepare the seedbed for cereals.
   

Photo No. 3

Notice the closeness of the tines on the scarifier.

There are about half the distance apart compared to a chisel.

Otherwise they are similar to the tines of a chisel.

They are strong and have enough pressure on the springs to enter hard ground.

Photo No. 4

The tines on the scarifier open up all the soil and produce only a few clods.
 
 

Photo No. 5

The chisel plough is designed for deep working.

The tines are further apart - about twice the distance comapred to a scarifier.

  

Photo No. 6

The tines on the chisel do not work all the soil when worked at a depth of 10 cm.

This soil is not properly worked.

It is only covered with loose soil.

If the soil is not worked the weeds will not be cut off and killed.
 
 

Photo No. 7 

Do not use a plough or discs.

The action of a plough will bury most of the medic pods.

They will be deep in the soil.

They will not germinate in future years and the seed reserves you have guarded so carefully from overgrazing will be wasted.

You will have to sow your medic pasture again. 

Continue to Kit No 4.2
 

Further information on scarifiers and chisels