Crops You Can Farm With a Two-Wheel BCS Tractor

At this time of year, many small farmers, produce growers, and gardeners have begun preparing the soil for the coming growing season. Some have already begun to plant.

With a BCS tractor, you can accomplish a wide variety of farming tasks. These versatile machines can operate attachments for soil preparation, planting, mid-season cultivation, harvesting, and fall clean-up.

BCS 748 being used with a tiller attachment and precision depth roller
A good crop starts with good soil preparation!

If you own a BCS, here are some crop ideas for you to try.

Vegetables: You can grow a wide variety of vegetables with a BCS 2-wheel tractor. Some popular options include tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, and eggplant. These vegetables are relatively easy to plant and maintain and can provide a bountiful harvest if cared for properly. If you use the BCS plastic mulch layer attachment, you can plant the vegetables on raised, plastic-covered beds. This technique is called plasticulture and is used by many gardeners to control weeds and conserve moisture in the soil.

Root crops: Potatoes, radishes, turnips, sweet potatoes, and carrots are all root crops, and are often planted on ridges of soil. BCS ridging attachments can be used to produce neat ridges for these crops. Attach a BCS root digger to your BCS tractor at harvest time and you will be ready to bring your crop in from the fields. There is also a power potato digger attachment that makes the hard work of potato digging a breeze!

Small grains: Small grains such as wheat, barley, and oats can also be farmed with a BCS 2-wheel tractor. These crops are relatively easy to grow and can be used for a variety of purposes, including making bread, beer, and livestock feed.

Cover crops: Cover crops are crops that are grown primarily to improve soil health and fertility. Some popular cover crops include clover, rye, and vetch. These crops can help prevent soil erosion, improve soil structure, and add nutrients to the soil. Using a BCS flail mower attachment, the crop can be shredded into fine clippings that can then be turned back into the soil with a moldboard plow or tiller attachment. 

Forage crops: Forage crops such as alfalfa and clover are commonly used to feed livestock. A BCS tractor can be used to prepare the seedbed for these crops. When the crop is mature, you can mow it down with a BCS sickle-bar mower, and rake it onto windrows with the hay rake attachment. A BCS tractor can even operate small hay baling attachments (available from third-party manufacturers).

Fruits: Depending on your climate and soil conditions, you may be able to plant fruit trees or berry bushes. Some popular fruit crops include apples, peaches, cherries, and blueberries. These crops can take several years to produce a significant harvest but can be very rewarding if tended carefully. Fruit growers use BCS mowing attachments for mowing the grass between rows. The soil amendment spreader can be used for fertilizing the soil alongside the crop, and at harvest time, the utility trailer can be used to bring in the fruit!

The purpose of this article was to share crop ideas that you can try in your own fields and gardens. Before trying a new crop, educate yourself further by reading gardening guides or talking to a crop specialist.

With proper soil preparation and care, and the reliable assistance of a BCS 2-wheel tractor, you can expect to reap rich rewards from your land.

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