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New soil implement, Aervator, manufactured by Farm Tech Machinery

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Aervator, a high utility soil implement manufactured by FarmTech Machinery in Wodonga Vic, works to relieve soil compaction, aerate, cultivate and renovate.  It can function as a rotary hoe, a disc, a roller and a harrow.  

All plants require a fertile soil in which to grow as well as water and air to produce a good crop.  Adequate soil moisture is necessary for a good yield.  Lack of water or too much water both adversely affect yield.   

Air within the soil is necessary for plant root systems to utilize the nutrients.  In the absence of air, the root system loses its ability to make use of the applied fertilizers and soil conditioners which are then wasted.  

The historic reason for tilling the soil is to manage the residue from the last crop and provide a seed-bed for the next.  However, besides promoting soil erosion, this practice produces more compaction and the buried trash is not likely to be converted into humus as the soil micro-organisms do not have the air required for conversion.  

The Aervator relieves compaction, promotes air and water movement, and mixes crop residue which improves aerobic microbial decomposition resulting in good quality humus formation.  Crops growing on loose, well aerated soils will develop extensive root systems.  

Aervator provides 200mm of penetration enhancing air, water and fertilizer delivery to the root zone.  The Aervator will reduce water runoff and assist with getting fertilizer and lime down to the root system in one pass.  

Plants respond with increased root development expanding the potential to harvest water and nutrients for greater dry matter production.  

Rotovation  

The Aervator tine design loosens the soil without destroying granular aggregation.  The Aervator is not dragged through the soil, therefore horsepower requirements and associated fuel costs are low.  

Compaction Relief  

Use of the Aervator will relieve natural or machine-made compaction and hard pan layers.  This will encourage a deeper, stronger root system while permitting sub soil moisture to rise during droughts by natural capillary action.  

Conservation Tillage  

With the ability to offset the rollers, the Aervator will leave stubble on top of the ground to decay without destroying the soil structure.  An Autumn/Spring pass will incorporate the residue and provide a seed bed in a single step.  

Waterlogged Soil Relief  

Use of the Aervator will open the soil to increase the moisture evaporation and percolation rate and allow water-logged areas to become productive again sooner.

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