How it Works
The technology of Ag Soilworks uses a parabolic shaped ag soil ripper and a hydraulic wing which are able to do a much better job of soil penetration and get better horizontal tracking with a lot less horsepower. The machine also creates efficient fracking so that the soil is loosened for better root growth. And because of the increased penetration, Ag Soilworks machine can get a much better blend of amendments down into four feet of soil.
What used to take four to five passes with the traditional ripper only takes two to three with Ag Soilworks. And the equipment is also considerably lighter, which is gentler on the soil and eliminates unnecessary compaction. “Overall, the technology of Ag Soilworks does a much better job, increases fracking, gives us better and more precise penetration of amendments, and all with decreased horsepower, which is a cost savings for the grower,” Lenander says.
New Field Prep or Enhancement of Existing Orchard or Vineyard
While this technology can be applied for all crops, Holloway mostly partners with Ag Soilworks and growers on vineyards and orchards since those operations are so prevalent in the San Joaquin Valley. The partnership is especially advantageous for the grower with Holloway’s Grave to Cradle service for orchards.
Additionally, the technology is not only good for new fields – it can also be used for mid-row ripping and for middle-aged vineyards or orchards. “After so many years, the soil gets locked up and tight,” Lenander comments. “The Ag Soilworks machine can break that soil up with minimal floor damage, while also encouraging new root growth.”