Presenter Richard Wiswall, farmer and author of the The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, provides a simple framework beginning farmers can use to assess economic and production efficiencies of mechanization investments they are considering. Richard also provided an overview of mechanization options for bed preparation, fertilization, seedbed preparation, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting and washing.
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Richard shared his ideas on his one-pager Optimal Equipment for Beginning Farmers which provides lists of equipment for three scales of beginning farms: 1 acre or less, 1-3 acres, and 3-9+ acres.