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Benefits of Harrowing

For farmers, soil preparation is complex and time-consuming before growing crops. In addition to tillage practices, it also encompasses seedbed finishing and secondary tillage. Seedbed finishing is the last step in soil preparation that consists of very shallow soil cultivation at a depth of 6 cm. Field cultivators, power harrows, and chains that prepare the soil for planting are used for seedbed finishing. To achieve the desired soil condition, farmers often combine several seedbed finishers. Farmers tend to use harrows for finishing seedbeds most often. However, despite the multitude of power harrows for sale, all of them are designed to prepare the soil for planting crops.

Benefits of Harrowing

Among the benefits of Harrowing are:

  • The creation of a crumbly planting layer

  • To protect the soil from rapid drying.

  • Thereby increasing water and air penetration.

  • Plant nutrient availability is improved through improved microbiological processes.

Harrowing the soil after disking is a recommended farm practice to prevent soil moisture loss. The harrowing process is also helpful after planting and before the sprouting of young seedlings to remove weed seeds and break up soil crusts.

What Happens if Harrowing Isn't Done Correctly?

However simple it may seem, Harrowing can produce poor results if not performed correctly. As such, soil moisture and proper farming techniques are the most critical elements. During Harrowing, the soil must contain 60-70 percent of its total available moisture. If harrowed at a moisture level that is too high or too low, it will disrupt the soil's properties and make it unsuitable for planting. The surface of well-harvested soil is crumbly, level, and smooth, with low pulverisation.

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