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What is the proper method of harrowing a newly plowed field
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Dick    Posted 11-16-2001 at 11:52:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Can anyone show or discribe the proper direction
the harrow needs to go across the plowed field and
not mess it up? Thank you.


mrs juneja    Posted 11-07-2003 at 04:32:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]



Dick    Posted 11-20-2001 at 17:54:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear Sir:
IHank and Greenbeanman:

Thank you for the info. It is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dick Reed



Dick    Posted 11-20-2001 at 17:54:09       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear Sir:
IHank and Greenbeanman:

Thank you for the info. It is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dick Reed



Dick    Posted 11-20-2001 at 17:54:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear Sir:
IHank and Greenbeanman:

Thank you for the info. It is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dick Reed



Dick    Posted 11-20-2001 at 17:54:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear Sir:
IHank and Greenbeanman:

Thank you for the info. It is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dick Reed



Dick    Posted 11-20-2001 at 17:54:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dear Sir:
IHank and Greenbeanman:

Thank you for the info. It is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

Dick Reed



IHank    Posted 11-16-2001 at 12:11:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dick- You're talking about ancient tillage practices now. A short answer is each tillage pass should be at an angle to the one before.

Best thing to do is simply stay off of freshly plowed ground. Let the rough surface collect rain and snow and pass the moisture down into the ground over the winter.

Better is to use a chisel plow, or field cultivator, to break up the compacted surface in the fall. That will leave lots of stubble and organic matter on top to gather moisture and reduce soil erosion by wind and water.

In the spring disc up the field, traveling at 45 degrees to the chisel plow passes. After that, plant your crop and skip the harrowing, because it's just something that packs the soil reducing ability to soak down moisture. IHank


greenbeanman    Posted 11-16-2001 at 16:49:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
IHank I agree that in most instances it is better to forego the plowing.

However, if a field has been allowed to grow until the weeds have formed seed, might it not be better to deeply plow the ground to bury the seed?

I have some ground that I would like to plow to bury the seed on, then disk it in the spring to get it in great shape for planting.

Have a small patch or two that I think I will use Roundup ready soybeans on so as to get better control of some grasses and a few pesky broadleafs. Rotation helps some, but would really like to get the soil cleaned up, i.e. lots of sprouting, killing, etc.


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