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The Best Cultivator for Organic Farming

While there are many great cultivation systems on the market, we believe that the two best cultivators for the organic farm are the Hatzenbichler Cultivator and the Salford Cultivator. 

The Hatzenbichler Cultivator is available in 6 row, 8 row, 12 row, 16 row, and 24 row sizes. It comes built for 30″ rows and can be also purchased for 22″ row spacing. 

The Salford Cultivator is a North American built cultivator that comes manufactured fully loaded with everything you need to achieve true precision cultivation. The Salford Cultivator is currently built in two sizes for 30″ rows, 12 row and 16 row. 

Get a quote on either of these cultivators by calling us at (320)286-2470.

The Importance Of A Precision Cultivator for Organic Farming

Making the decision to reinvest in your organic farm can be a difficult task. What should I invest in? What’s a waste of money? Do I really need to invest? There are questions every farmer asks himself, and more often than not, these questions get kicked down the road year after year. After all, if you’re not sure, the best thing to do is save your money. Can’t lose money if you don’t spend it, right? But how much yield is lost to the weeds you can’t control? How many dollars are left on the table when my fertility is sucked up by giant ragweed? When we started asking ourselves these questions on our farm, we came to the conclusion that having as many tools in our toolbox as we possible can is almost always worth the investment.

Evaluating The Best Cultivators for Organic Farming

There are some organic farmers that can get by on their old American cultivator but the technology has not changed since the 1980’s. There are only a few American cultivator companies left. European technology, incorporating a 5 sweep cutting action instead of a 1 or 3 sweep digging action, has been the most significant innovation in cultivating for a long time. Hatzenbichler and Einbock are prime examples of this recent design.

On our own organic acres, we use Hatzenbichler Cultivators. We firmly believe that after comparing Hatzenbichler vs Einbock, the Hatzenbichler Cultivation System is a superior cultivator for the organic farmer and for a multiple reasons. 

In this video, we discuss the cultivator setup CFS is using to cultivate beans. In this video, we are running a Hatzenbichler XL Camera Guidance Hitch, 12 row 30″ Hatzenbichler cultivator with Angle Knives (L-Knives) and Hatzenbichler finger weeders.

Cultivator Adjustability Makes All The Difference

Adjusting your cultivator to varying field conditions is often the difference between getting in the field, or having another shop day waiting for crops to grow. 

The video we show here is a deep dive into just how easy it is to make precision adjustments on every part of the Salford Cultivator. The Hatzenbichler system offers similar, industry leading adjustability making both of these manufacturers two of the best options for organic row crop cultivation. 

With precision adjustments on the Salford Cultivator, we have been able to cultivate beans at 1.5″ crop height at a speed of 3 miles per hour. 

Why Should I Upgrade My Cultivator?

There are two main reasons you should change your cultivation system. First, speed. Cultivate more ground. Second, efficiency. 

The Hatzenbichler cultivation system is a superior cultivation system that enables more ground coverage both in terms of in the row as well as the amount of acreage you can cultivate each day.  

We understand that the price of this system is not cheap, but when you start crunching numbers I think you will find that you can’t afford to not invest in this technology. Cultivating 2X as fast can make the difference between getting your cultivation done before rain, or not. Coming home without a kinked neck or headache from concentrating so hard can make the difference between a happy spouse and kids, or not. This machine will truly impact your life in more ways than one. We can work with you to secure financing if money is the only roadblock right now.

XL Camera Guidance Hitch

A game-changing piece of technology for organic farmers. 

  • Double your cultivating speed
  • Can handle any 16 row cultivator weight (including Hiniker, Buffalo, Kinze)
  • Get tighter to the crop row
  • Easy to use 
  • “Swaying” of cultivator on hillsides is no longer a problem
  • Saves mental fatigue of “white knuckling” to stay tight to row
  • Can use in nearly any row crop


Hatzenbichler produces a high-quality, very-effective cultivator.

  • Lighter than most American cultivators
  • Less “Slop” vs. American made cultivators
  • Strong frames
  • Automatic upper-link steering
  • Easy to mount parallelograms (row units)
  • Easy to adjust down-pressure on row units
  • Very customizable for sweeps, L-knives, shields, discs, hilling elements, etc.  
  • Overall – very easy to use and make adjustments

Finger Weeders

Work well with camera guidance, as you can set them tight  and better control the weeds in the crop row. 

  • Mounds dirt into crop row, covering smaller weeds
  • “Flicks” out weeds in crop row
  • Breaks up soil in the crop row
  • Manages weeds right next to and in the row


Row Crop Cultivator Video Demonstrations

At Crop Fertility Services, we’re organic farmers first. Anything we carry has been proven on our own organic farms. We are committed to the success of the organic row crop farmer, providing proven solutions for higher yields and increased efficiency on the organic farm. We have many video demonstrations of various types of row crop cultivators, including Hatzenbichler, Salford and Einbock.

If you have questions on any piece of equipment, please give us a call. We would be thrilled at the opportunity to work with you! 

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