Cultivation 30" Rows

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Cultivation 30" Rows

Postby highland512 » Thu Jun 29, 2023 11:31 am

I plan on setting my SA for working 30" rows. The owners manual rear wheel tread width section shows the setup for 60" spacing "Tread Lug Outside". Am I correct in my thinking that this would be the correct spacing for 30"?

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Re: Cultivation 30" Rows

Postby Jim Becker » Thu Jun 29, 2023 1:03 pm

Yes, well maybe. You get a 60 inch tread (center to center) with the center disk turned out, the rim turned in, and the rim lugs bolted to the outside of the disk.

Whether this will work for you depends on what is in your rows and what you have for a cultivator. The main question is how tall are your plants? The pans on the bottom of the final drive housings are barely over 30 inches apart. Clearance under the pans is only about 10 inches. Beets or carrots will be fine. Corn will quickly grow to a height problem.

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Re: Cultivation 30" Rows

Postby highland512 » Thu Jun 29, 2023 2:21 pm

I plan on working everything untill I cant get over it anymore. Sweet corn, beans, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, etc. In the next couple years we plan on starting commercial pumkins.......still working on how I want to do that.

My SA has what I think the book calls No. 616 tools. I have #16 spring style trips and spring tooth tools

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Re: Cultivation 30" Rows

Postby Jim Becker » Thu Jun 29, 2023 9:13 pm

How you set things up has a big effect on how soon you can't get over it anymore. Have you thought about possible different row widths for different crops? Back when potato farmers used cultivators, I don't think any of them used a 30-inch row spacing. Pumpkins will need wider rows too, as would any other squash-related vines.

If you have 616 tool equipment (tool bars on diagonal), you should be able to set it up for rows like you are considering. If you have 616 deluxe tool equipment (tool bars essentially front to back), it probably will be more difficult.

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Re: Cultivation 30" Rows

Postby Super A » Fri Jun 30, 2023 9:12 pm

IMO those crops will be fine on 44" rows. You should be able to go down to 36" without issues. Cultivate one row at a time. Another issue when you start cultivating multiple rows, your row spacing at planting has to be pretty close to perfect. Cultivating a row at a time gives you more wiggle room.

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