Shared-Use Farm Equipment

If you have occasional need for a seedbed cultivator or a mulch layer (or several other pieces of farm equipment), you may want to join the Shared Use Farm Equipment program, which MFT operates in partnership with MOFGA.

The equipment is owned by MFT and housed and maintained by MOFGA in Unity.

EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE

Buckeye Tractor’s 2360 Seedbed Cultivator is a ‘one-pass’ harrow that creates a well prepared seedbed from secondary tillage.  It consists of S-tine cultivators with leveling bar and rolling basket attachments to prepare seedbed for planting. The full-width rolling basket is scaled for one-bed vegetable growers.  It has a 6-ft working width on a 7-ft wide frame weighing about 700 lbs. It uses a category I three-point hitch and requires 45 horsepower to operate.

Buckeye Tractor’s 2212 Mulch Layer/Bed Former with drip irrigation attachment is rugged and versatile.  It can prepare beds form 2-4 ½’ wide and as much as 6” high.  It can handle rolls of plastic mulch up to 6’ wide.  The mulch applicator can be removed (or left on and not used) in order to form beds without mulch.  It uses a category I three-point hitch and requires 45 horsepower.  It’s about 8’ wide and weighs roughly 1200 lbs.

2 shank subsoiler

The Brillion 2-shank sub-soiler is perfect for achieving deep tillage and breaking up hardpan.  It has a working depth of 16”.  It uses a category II three-point hitch and requires 60 horsepower (may require a little less in sandy soil).  It is 50” wide and weighs 460 lbs.

Ridge Tiller

The Ridge Tiller was built at MOFGA with (3) s-tine assemblies and 4” goosefoot sweeps along with 16” discs on a 7-foot wide frame to create ridges and easily adaptable and adjustable to a variety of situations. It is intended to build two rows of ridges in 1-2 passes. It uses a category I three-point hitch. For more details on this piece of equipment, contact Katy Green (kgreen@mofga.org).

The Strip Tiller was built at MOFGA with two row cleaners and four 13-wave coulters on a 7-foot wide frame. This unit is intended to create a planting strip in one pass and is easily adaptable and adjustable to a variety of situations. On smaller tractors the distance between rows may be fixed, but in larger tractors there is more variability with this unit. For more details on this piece of equipment, contact Katy Green (kgreen@mofga.org).

HOW TO BORROW

  1. Enroll online and pay the annual enrollment fee in full ($100)
  2. Attend an equipment training workshop held by MFT/MOFGA (April/May)
  3. Schedule the use of equipment online or by contacting MFT or MOFGA. We’ll show you how after you are enrolled
  4. Pick up the equipment at MOFGA with assistance from MOFGA/MFT staff
  5. Return the equipment to MOFGA by the lending deadline

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