Friday, May 8, 2015

GreenPro - implements for small farms

A tractor with implements is an essential tool for getting work done around the farm. At Cheslyn Rise, our 256 acre property, we have a 75 HP tractor with front bucket and forklift tynes. We have ploughs, a hay rake, cultivator drill (seeder), a 800 L spray tank and a slasher. At Eight Acres, we only have a tiny 15 HP tractor with a slasher. Often we wish we could use the big tractor there too, but its just not practical to transport it.

eight acres: implements for small farms
Here's me driving the small tractor!

When I write about farm work we’ve done using our big tractor, I usually get questions from readers about how do these things on a smaller scale, for a hobby farm or lifestyle block, especially our recent pasture seeding, which required two ploughs and the cultivator drill. Until recently, I haven’t had any answers. I think its an issue that we’ve all experienced, its hard to justify buying even a small tractor for a small hobby farm, and even if you do buy one (ours is secondhand), its hard to find appropriate implements, that’s why we only have a slasher. We haven’t been able to plant pasture on our small farm, and we are always lugging around manual spray packs, because we haven’t found any implements suitable for a small tractor or ATV.

When Ben from GrenPro contacted me to tell me about their new range of implements for small farms I instantly saw the potential for this equipment. So far they have an irrigator, a sprayer and a cultivator (combined plough and seeder), in various sizes, that are designed to be used with an ATV or a small tractor, and this range is due to expand over the next few months. I caught up with Ben from GreenPro on the phone to discuss their products.

GreenPro are based in Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and they are part of the Quick Corp group, which has been manufacturing various equipment for over 25 years. Its important to me to that they have a history in manufacturing, as the components are more likely to be good quality. The implements are also made in Australia, and you know I like to support local manufacturers.

I can give you an overview of each of the implements now, and Ben is planning to bring them out to our property for a demonstration, so I’ll be able to tell you more in a few weeks. Keep reading, because there’s an exclusive offer on the implements if you mention Eight Acres – the blog.


eight acres: implements for small farms


Irrigator
The irrigator is an 85 m roll of hose that you set up and extend by hand or using an ATV, and the hose automatically retracts using solar power, pulling the spray-head along, even over uneven terrain. This can be used to automatically water a large section of paddock, for pasture growth, a crop or just dust control. It only needs 23 psi water pressure, so can be hooked up to a pump or mainswater.

More about the irrigator on the GreenPro website here.


eight acres: implements for small farms





ATV Spray Trailer
The GreenPro ATV Sprayer is available in 200, 300 and 400 L tank size and designed to be towed behind an ATV. With a range of pump configurations, 4 m boom, and 20 m hose with spray nozzle, this can be set up to suit any application. We use our big sprayer to spray organic fertilisers, herbicide to kill evil lantana, and its our back-up firefighting rig if we lose power to the house. You could even use it to safely cart water to distant paddocks. This smaller version would be great for a small farm, and would have saved us lugging around manual spray packs.

More about the spray trailer on the GreenPro website here.


eight acres: implements for small farms


Cultivator
The GreenPro Cultivator is my favourite of the small farm implements. It can disc, plough, seed, cover and roll your new pasture in a single pass, you only need to buy one implement to do all that work, and its quicker than using multiple implements. It comes in three sizes, suitable for ATVs and small tractors. This would be ideal for planting pasture on a small farm. We have seen massive improvements in carrying capacity from just the small amount of pasture that we have sown so far, and if you currently have poor pasture, you will see the value in this implement too.

More about the cultivator on the GreenPro website here.

Pricing on these implements starts at around $3000, and GreenPro are currently able to offer a 10% discount on all these implements if you mention Eight Acres – the blog when you order. For more information and a firm price, you can talk to Ben directly on 1800 768 748. Also see the GreenPro website for more information.


GreenPro also want to know what implements you’re looking for on your small farm. What do you see in the range available for big tractors, or even just implements that you dream of, that would be useful to you? Leave a comment, tell me what you think should be GreenPro’s next implement for small farms. And you can leave questions about the implements here too and I’ll either tell you what I think, or pass them on to Ben.

6 comments:

  1. Well they are interesting designs and probably cheaper to run using an ATV, than a tractor. I thought of something which might be of use to hobby farmers such as yourself, using chicken tractors. Something which helps in moving them, that is small but sturdy enough to do the job without worrying it will drop accidentally. Mini fork lifts for an ATV? Design would have to ensure stability of the ATV wouldn't be compromised.

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    1. I meant hobby farm as in land size (8 eight acres) rather than you only farm for a hobby. I think any land over 5 acres is considered a hobby farm?

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    2. Good suggestion Chris, lifting heavy things off the ute is a challenge on a small farm (and offence to small farmers, but "hobby farm" is a common term and I think we all know that its just a small farm, too small for a big tractor anyway!).

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  2. a small carry all would be good for carting a few bales of hay or collecting manure for the compost pile.

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  3. Hi did you use the green pro irrigator?

    Thanks

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    1. Hi, no we haven't had a chance to try the irrigator yet, Green Pro have been very busy at country shows and farm expos, and haven't visited us yet!

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