Bed Shapers

Bed shapers are essentially land graders to form furrows as bed tops are filled and firmed by a shaper pan. Fields are conventionally "clean", or mostly free from visible residue to allow soil flow through the pan. Clean field practices also benefit plastic mulch layers, many planters and cultivators. Other bed shaper designs are available for reduced tillage and permanent bedding methods which is only beginning to grow in interest. By definition raised beds are wide to support multiple plant rows, provide consistent application of plastic mulch and avoid over drying. Narrow raised beds are better known as ridges, which support usually one crop row are not used with plastic mulch and can be susceptible to over drying. Raised beds offer the same benefits as ridges, hills or even garden boxes. Since the beginning of agriculture it has been known that a raised area for plants offers a consistent zone of moisture and temperature control. It can help equalize the growing environment across different soil types. Bed tops dry first and more evenly for more predictable planting. Excessive rain can be quickly drained , which improves pest and disease control. Raised beds are generally beneficial to crops while there is no inherent detriment. The 1021 Bed Shaper is available with two shaper pan choices from a 24" or 36" wide bed top. If the tractor is meant to drive over the beds for other field work the bed should fit between the tractor wheels. Tractor wheel spacing is the prime factor that sets-up crop row spacing for  mechanization. Tractors with adjustable wheel spacing and narrower tires more versatile for row crop use.