Forest To Farmland Conversion
The first step in any land clearing process is stump removal. In traditional land clearing operations the stumps are removed from the ground using excavators and / or dozers. The main disadvantage with this method is stump disposal. This is a costly and time consuming process.
At Neway Development we created a vertical stump grinding device that quickly grinds each stump into chips. These chips quickly decompose and add nutrients back into the soil making our process environmentally friendly. Stumps are completely ground into chips in less than a minute per stump. The lateral roots are also cut and exposed. This unique device has solved the traditional stump disposal issue and associated cost.
Once all stumps are ground into chips, the land is disced using a large, heavy Rome disc. This disc aggressively cuts the soil twelve (12) to fourteen (14) inches in depth cutting the remaining lateral roots and debris into small pieces. This disc also softens the soil and prepares the soil for raking and cleanup.
At Neway we use three (3) different rakes for raking the debris. These rakes use rotating spindles or rotating shafts that lift debris and roll it into windrows for pickup and disposal. The land is typically raked multiple times to ensure maximum cleanup. The raking also helps level the land. The rakes are the fastest and most efficient method of removing debris from the soil.
After the land is raked into windrows a Rockland Rotoveyor is used to pick up the windrow debris. The Rotoveyor picks up the debris, removes the dirt from the debris and stores the debris in a dump bin for later piling and burning. This is a very fast and efficient method of debris pickup and removal. With the soil removed the debris can be easily burned or hauled away without loss of soil.
The final step in the Neway process is a finishing disc. After the finishing disc is used the forest to farmland conversion is complete and the land is ready for farming.