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A cultivator is a farm implement for stirring and pulverizing the soil, either before planting or to remove weeds and to aerate and loosen the soil after the crop has begun to grow. The cultivator usually stirs the soil to a greater depth than does the harrow. The cultivator is used in crop work or farming. Farming, ploughing rice paddy, in Indonesia Agriculture is the process of producing food, feed, fiber and other desired products by cultivation of certain plants and the raising of domesticated animals (livestock). ... Yellow starthistle, a thistle native to southern Europe and the Middle East that is an invasive weed in parts of North America. ... Crumbler roller, commonly used to compact soil after it has been loosened by a harrow In agriculture, a harrow is an implement for cultivating the surface of the soil, in this way it is distinct in its effect from the plough, which is used for deeper cultivation. ... Agriculture refers to the production of food, feed, fiber and other goods by the systematic growing of plants, animals and other life forms. ...

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Field cultivators

Field cultivators are used to complete tillage operations in many different types of crop fields such as corn, soybeans, and wheat. This implement has many shanks mounted on the underside of a metal frame. The rear of this machine is also equipped with small narrow rods that smooth out the soil surface for easier travel when planting. These machines are pulled by tractors through the field and can vary greatly in size and shape. Some of these implements are as small as 10 feet (3 m) wide and some are large and can be 60-80 feet wide. Picking the correct size greatly depends on the size of tractor owned by the farmer. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Look up crop in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A modern farm tractor. ...

Uses and configurations

There are many different sizes and configurations of field cultivators and row crop cultivators. Choosing which type is best for a particular farm depends on many different factors. Some of these factors include farm size, the size of tractor available to pull the implement, and what types of crops are included in the farming operation. The main functions of the field cultivator is to prepare a proper seedbed for the crop that is going to be planted, burry crop residue in the soil which helps to warm the soil before planting, control weeds, and mix and incorporate the soil to ensure the growing crop has enough water and nutrients to grow well during the growing season. A proper seedbed is important for the seed to imbibe water and to germinate properly. Weed control is the main function of the row crop cultivator. Most field cultivators are raised and lowered and have their depth controlled by one or many hydraulic cylinders. Row crop cultivators are usually raised and lowered by a three point hitch and its depth is controlled by gauge wheels. Many of the implements are equipped with hydraulic wings that fold up that makes road travel much easier and safer. For other uses, see Farm (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Farm (disambiguation). ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Look up crop in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


When determining the size of cultivator needed for a particular farming operation, you need to first determine how much horsepower it takes to pull the implement and then compare that to horsepower capabilities of tractors available on the farm. To do this, you first need to determine how many pounds of force are required to pull the implement through the soil. The following equation is used to determin this:



D is implement draft (lbf)

F is a dimensionless soil texture adjusment parameter

i = 1 for fine, 2 for medium, and 3 for course textured soils

A, B, and C are machine specific parameters

S is field speed (mile/hr)

W is machine width in ft or number of tools

T is tillage depth (in) for major tilage tools and dimensionless for minor tillage tools and seeding implements

A table with F, A, B, and C parameters can be found in the references section under Agriculture Machinery Management Data.

Once the answer is generated it will be in terms pounds and needs to be converted into an answer in terms of horsepower. To do this, complete the following equation:

(D(lbf) x S(ft/min))/33,000(ft·lbf/min) Multiply D x S first and then divide by 33,000 to convert the answer to horsepower.

Another concept that needs to be considered to compute an accurate answer is tractive efficiency.

Tractive efficiency=power at the drawbar divided by the power at the axle. This article is about haulage. ...

Most tractive efficiencies are between 70% and 80%. If the answer found above is multiplied by the tractive efficiency as a decimal you will find the HP that is actually available at the drawbar.

The last step is to simply compare the HP requirement of the field cultivator to the HP capabilities of the tractors that are part of the farming operation.

Sizes of field cultivators rangle from 20-60 feet wide. Most row cultivators come in sizes of 4, 8, 12, or 16 rows of shanks.

Producers of cultivators used in row crop agriculture

Most agricultural equipment manufacturers offer some variation of the field cultivator. Not all companies, however, produce row crop cultivators since these implements are not as commonly used as in the past. Some major implement manufacturers include Case New Holland, John Deere, and Massey Ferguson. Designs and styles may vary while the end result of using the implement is the same.


Agriculture in the United States is one of the most hazardous occupations a person can have. When using a cultivator of any size, safety needs to be considered at all times. The most care needs to be taken when traveling from field to field. Many cultivators are so large it can be difficult for the driver to see behind them. Extra care needs to be taken by the farmer to make sure that they ensure safety. Drivers around these types of farm machinery also need to be careful to not crowd the machine or try and pass when it is unclear. Also, almost all cultivators use some sort of hydraulic power. Hydraulic power is usually a safe and useful form of power, but problems can arrise if the proper precautions are not taken. Some hazards that can arise in the field are such things as hooking the implement in a fence line or on a tree. Both of these situations can cause damage to the tractor as well as to the cultivator.

Operation of field and row crop cultivators

Operating these two implements can be somewhat challenging without training and experience. Field cultivators need to be placed at the proper as to not rip up the soil and to prepare a good seedbed for the seed. This depth will vary with implement and trial runs will need to be performed to obtain the correct depth. When turning around at the end of fields the implement should be raised but still left in the ground to avoid compaction on the end rows of the field. Proper speed needs to be considered of the tractor as to not damage the tractor or the implement. Concentration needs to be even greater for the row cultivator. If straight driving is not maintained the row crops will be destroyed by the teeth of the implement. In this operation, the implement is lifted completely out of the ground as to not destoy the plants on the end rows. Speed of travel is also reduced to ensure that the minimum amount of plants are destroyed when preforming this operation.

Problems with using field cultivators in some field conditions

Field cultivators can have a difficult time working properly if fields conditions are not at the proper levels. These field conditions can be such things as wet soil, great amount of residue on the soil surface, and rocky soil. Wet soil and increased residue can cause the implement to become "plugged" up and require the area to be re-tilled. Rocky soil can cause the shanks on the under side of the machine to break off. This can lead to running over it with another machine and causing a flat tire or the shank can be taken in by the combine harvester and cause great damage to the internal working parts. Increased care needs to be taken when operating in field conditions such as these. Decreased depth of tillage may help solve these problems. Going over the soil with another tillage implement first such as a plow or a ripper can help avoid the residue clogging problems. A CLAAS Caterpillar LEXION Combine. ... For the constellation known as The Plough see Ursa Major. ...


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AllRefer.com - cultivation (Agriculture, General) - Encyclopedia (181 words)
cultivation, tilling or manipulation of the soil, done primarily to eliminate weeds that compete with crops for water and nutrients.
Cultivation may be used in crusted soils to increase soil aeration and infiltration of water; it may also be used to move soil to or away from plants as desired.
Cultivation among crop plants is best kept at a minimum; excessive cultivation can be harmful as it may cause root pruning and loss of soil water due to increased evaporation.
Shifting cultivation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (5089 words)
Shifting cultivation is a form of agriculture in which the cultivated or cropped area is shifted regularly to allow soil properties to recover under conditions of natural successional stages of re-growth.
In a stable shifting cultivation system, the fallow is long enough for the natural vegetation to recover to the state that it was in before it was cleared, and for the soil to recover to the condition it was in before cropping began.
Shifting cultivation was still being practiced as a viable and stable form of agriculture in many parts of Europe and west into Siberia at the end of the 19th century and in some places well into the 20th century.
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