Rock Picking On The Farm: How To Recycle The Rocks You Pick

Posted on: 26 January 2015

Every spring, farm families go out into the fields and pick rocks out of their farmland. The rocks have surfaced with the shifting, freezing and thawing of the earth. Until the rocks are removed, the farmers cannot plant their crops. Unfortunately, that also means they have to drop the rocks somewhere where they will no longer be a nuisance. There is a way to recycle those rocks and use them for good.

Recycling Field Rock

Usually, you can sell all of your field rock to a quarry or stone company and let them deal with it. There is an alternative, but it is not quite as lucrative. You can rent or buy a cone crusher. The way cone crushers work is very similar to a coffee grinder. You put the rocks in the funnel of the grinder. You flip a switch, and the crusher grinds the rocks into a more manageable size. 

After you grind up the field rock, you can:

  • use the gravel or pebbles on your driveway and around the farm as a path for your tractor and farm machinery.
  • fill in areas around your flower beds and around the house to block pests from getting in.
  • recycle the rock bits to make cement and patch areas in your equipment shed.
  • sell the gravel and pebbles to stone companies or people who need cheap gravel.

With as much rock as you pull from your fields every spring, the cone crusher comes in handy. If you buy one and then choose to sell off the product of the crusher, it could pay for itself eventually.

Selecting a Cone Crusher for Agricultural Use

There are dozens of cone crushers and manufacturers of cone crushers. Selecting one for agricultural use means you will want a crusher that is very efficient and portable. You may also want a crusher that gives you several grinding options from coarse to ultra-fine. The multiple options would allow you to grind field rock for everything from driveway gravel to cement "sand". 

Managing the Cost of a Cone Crusher

If the price is mind-boggling, consider talking to a couple of other farmers in the area who might want a cone crusher as well. You could establish some sort of co-op on the purchase and use of the crusher among yourselves. Some manufacturers offer financing for construction and agricultural businesses too. A used or second-hand cone crusher would cost less, and one that is less than five years old would still offer you the specific features you are looking for.