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5614 Tec Drive Avon, NY 14414
(585) 226-9680
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7689 Ridge Road West Brockport, NY 14420
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2818 Earlystown Road Centre Hall, PA 16828
(814) 364-1421
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8926 W. Main Street Clymer, NY 14724
(716) 355-4236
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49290 State Route 14 East Palestine, OH 44413
(330) 426-2166
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13521 Cambridge Springs Rd. Edinboro, PA 16412
(814) 734-1552
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7852 RT 66 Fairmount City, PA 16224
(814) 764-5159
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1756 Lindquist Drive Falconer, NY 14733-9720
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817 Tobias Road Halifax, PA 17032
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4751 County Road 5 Hall, NY 14463
(585) 526-6325
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8011 Paxton St. Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 583-2101
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185 Route 31F Macedon, NY 14502
(585) 425-4428
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5809 William Penn Highway Mifflintown, PA 17059
(717) 436-5553
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2070 Cayuga Dr. Ext. Niagara Falls, NY 14304
(716) 731-1330
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7615 Lewiston Road Oakfield, NY 14125
(585) 948-5261
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13330 Rt.31 Savannah, NY 13146
(315) 594-0115
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336 Vaughn Street Springville, NY 14141
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Eliminate Soil Compaction Using A 3-Shank Ripper

Welcome to "Eliminate Soil Compaction Using A 3-Shank Ripper" by John Deere Tips Notebook.

Eliminate Soil Compaction Using A 3-Shank Ripper

You can eliminate soil compaction, which can be caused by a variety of practices around many kinds of properties. Large farm equipment can cause soil to compact in fields and reduce yields. Consistent traffic over a single path can create hardpan, which can cause standing water. Herds of livestock traveling back and forth from a feeding location can do the same. But it’s a problem that can be tackled with your tractor and a shank ripper.

Hay and cattle.

Today, we’re at a hay and cattle operation in southeast Kansas. The operator installed an electric fence so he could rotate his cattle off of the pasture east of the feedlot, allowing the grass to recover.

Since then, about 200 head have consistently been feeding at a group of feed bunks once a day for the last 120 days. And their movement in and out of that area has really compacted the soil.

Now it’s time to rotate them back onto the recovered pasture to the east and eliminate soil compaction in the feeding area so moisture will penetrate, and the grass will re-grow.

For this project, we’re using a Frontier 3-Shank Ripper (US CA) that will penetrate this compacted soil up to 18 inches (45.7 cm) deep. That calls for a tractor with some power and some weight.

So we’re using a John Deere 5125R Utility Tractor (US CA) that has 125 engine horsepower (93.2 kW). We’ve also added a 540R Loader (US CA) and a 79” (2 m) material bucket.

Nothing subtle about this project.

To eliminate soil compaction, we’re dragging heavy duty, heat treated steel shanks through this hard, compacted soil. And who knows what might be underneath.

So each shank has a shear bolt in case Jermayne hits a big underground obstacle. In that case, the shear bolt is designed to break, allowing that shank to rotate back and up using the other anchoring bolt as a hinge. That way, it prevents further damage to the implement, or to the tractor.

If that happens, all you have to do is rotate the shank back into position, replace the shear bolt, and you’re back in business.

Frontier has nearly 600 implements that are available only from your John Deere dealer, the place to go for advice and equipment.

So remember, for implements that help turn your tractor into the workhorse it was built to be, think Frontier and your John Deere dealer.

And lastly, always read the Operator’s Manual before operating any piece of equipment and follow all operating and safety instructions.