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R Scott
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Last time you were here, you got me all gung ho and I went out and sub soiled a bunch of my pasture, starting with this paddock that was compacted with poor drainage. Here is the pictures from today. The lines built 2-3 inches of soil, but very little lateral growth even though it had a nice wave and fracturing when I did it. Any tips how to improve it going forward?
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Darren J Doherty
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Thanks R Scott, I'm guessing this is directed to me but then again correct me if I am wrong.

Its the start of the season right? How about coming back with an assessment in a few months after you've had some more rain and warmth and see how its going then.

You need to provide more details too if you want some critical assessment of what is going on from 13,000km away...When did you plow, what with, what spacing, how deep and so on...

Thanks and all the best,

Darren
 
R Scott
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Ok, it was a cheap subsoiler with the front edge sharpened somewhat. Toplink adjusted for minimum point angle to get penetration. Existing roots were 3-4" deep, first hardpan was 4-6, tried to run the subsoiler at 6-7, but it pulled deeper when the it got really hard (actually squatted the tires). Done late winter/early spring after a dry winter, driest that area was all year, but still not as dry as other areas I have done in late summer. Rains came about a month later. Those are about 3-4 foot spacing, as close as I could get without driving on the last fracture zone. Drove a slow to medium walking pace, as slow as I could and keep moment to get through the small tree roots.

It seems to have solved the bog problem that area has in wet weather and did grow soil, I just want to grow MORE.
 
S Bengi
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Location: Massachusetts, Zone:6/7, AHS:4, Rainfall:48in even distribution
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Correct me if I am wrong, The subsoiler was only 5 inch deep.
And you did it in the past 3 month say (around February 2015).
You are also experiencing a drought.
You are in zone 6a, with only a 6 month growing season (May to October).

You have experience some improvement but nowhere to the level that you were expecting.
 
R Scott
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Done a year ago, maybe two (need to look it up, old age has its problems). The growth right on the rip line is awesome, but it is only 6-8 inches wide. The other rips I did had about the same growth but spread out much wider and shallower.

If that is what it is going to be, I will be doing a lot of passes over several years to get to a rip every foot or closer.
 
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