Ploughing versus Spading
More than 60 years of experience with spading
machines is something Imants can look back
on. From that experience we learned spading is
more than just turning soil. Much more, in fact.
Spading means mixing organic material with the
living topsoil, incorporating crop residues and
creating a seedbed, mixing green manure so it
can be broken down into nutrients for the next
In short, both above the ground and in the soil
you will achieve an even, homogeneous and
well aerated soil after tillage with Imants spading
machines. The true one pass tillage tool.
The advantages of rotary spading are shown below:
The rotating movement of the spade shaft
with spades ensures an optimal mixing effect.
Because of this, crop residues, manure, compost
or green manure can be mixed with the
soil into the most biologically active layer so
that they can be quickly decomposed.
The rotational movement of the spade shaft with spades ensures an optimal mixing effect.
Crop residues or green manure do not form a sillage layer at the bottom of the soil. Because of this mixing the soil life can also benefit from the freshly applied organic material. Since the spades take soil bites of 25 to 30 cm (10 - 12 inch) and pull these from the underlying soil layer, an impermeable disturbing layer is not created at the bottom, the so-called plow pan.
This means that precipitation
can penetrate into the deeper soil layers and
replenish the groundwater. The good structure
that remains after spading not only allows water
to penetrate, but also ensures a good oxygen
Because spading machines do not form a
hard pan in the soil, capillary action
remains intact, so rising groundwater can reach
the roots of plants when they need it.
During spading, the subsoil is mixed, but not
completely turned over. This preserves most of
the soil temperature, reducing the time it takes
for the soil to warm up. This results in faster
germination. The deeper soil layers are given
time enough to warm up as the plants grow.
With an Imants spading machine, the soil can be made ready for sowing or planting in 1 pass.
With an Imants rotary spader, the soil can be made ready for sowing or planting in one operation. The driven power harrow leaves an ideal seedbed. By combining operations you not only save time and money but also the soil structure.
You can also opt for a crankshaft spader if the soil becomes heavier and needs to be put away more coarsely. The advantages of this tillage: