Trying to Get Enough Air Into Your Farm Soil? How Aerators Can Help


As a farmer, you know how important it is to till the soil before you plant. You know how important it is to churn the soil and grind up leftover crops in the fall to give some nutrients back to the soil. You even know that the soil needs to have more air introduced in order to be healthy for next year’s crops. Unfortunately, this last task is not always the easiest when it comes to farm equipment. You have a tiller and a plow, but you should also have agricultural soil aerators. There are different agricultural soil aerators to create different aeration methods in your soil. Take a look.

The Tow-Behind Single Wide Universal Aerator

This aerator is about six to eight feet wide. It attaches to a tractor and is towed/pulled behind. Its rotating pick-spines create aeration holes about four to six inches deep, leaving plenty of room for air to circulate over and through these openings. It works best on smaller fields.

Front Mount Aerator

This aerator is a little more compact, but you can mount it to the front of a lawn tractor, skid steer or standard tractor. Rather than tow behind where you can’t see the aerator hit rocks in the field, you can push ahead and stop if you see rocks surfacing from the soil. It is a good option for a medium field and spring aeration.

Walk Behind Aerator

While it’s unlikely that you would ever need a walk-behind aerator, they are nice to have in the event that you have smaller patches of soil that need aeration. A good example is soil that surrounds a tree in the field where other aerators cannot get close.