ASK Jeff: The Rodale Institute’s farm manager, Jeff Moyer, answers your hardcore farming questions

Who makes a quality tree spade for tractor?

Posted August 10, 2006

What Jeff brings to the table

Jeff Moyer, who’s been the farm manager here at the 333-acre Rodale Institute research farm for more than a quarter of a century, receives lots of mail from farmers just like you asking for advice. Jeff’s hands-in-the-dirt experience over the past 26 years has run the gamut from refining the farm's cover cropping and crop rotation systems (including managing 270 acres in a rotation of corn, small grains, hay, and edible soy beans for a Japanese market) to overseeing The Rodale Institue Farming Systems Trial®, the world’s longest running side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional agriculture. We thought it would be fun and informative to share some of these farmer-to-farmer exchanges, and Jeff’s practical wisdom, with our readers … and we’ll be doing it on a regular basis.

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Dear Jeff,

Who makes a quality tree spade for tractor? I have a JD 7410.

Joe Bloom

Dear Joe,

I'm not as familiar with tree or nursery equipment as I am with farm machinery, but I'm aware of several tree spade manufactures that might be able to help you out: Dutchman's, Optimal, Vermeer, Lemar and Bobcat to name a few. An internet search might turn up more that I've never heard of and you will be able to get contact information for any of the companies I've mentioned. I'm not in a position to recommend any one particular company. Good luck with your tree digging.