[Market-farming] How to Plow

Bill Shoemaker wshoemak at inil.com
Wed Oct 15 08:23:38 EDT 2008


I can't remember which publication it was in but I once read a beautiful 
discourse on the art and methodology of moldboard plowing by Gene Logsdon. I 
know many have retired their moldboard plows but for the purpose of opening 
up fallow ground, it's really the best technique. If followed up properly it 
does not have to result in soil erosion.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
www.nres.uiuc.edu/faculty/directory/shoemaker_wh.html


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andy Fellenz" <fellenz at fltg.net>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 6:42 AM
Subject: [Market-farming] How to Plow


> I'm scaling up and looking for information on setting up and operating
> larger equipment, specifically the best way to open up and plow fields
> which have been mowed, but not planted in a long (>15 years) time.  Up
> to now I've usually worked up 1/4-1/2 acre at a time at the most and
> used a 3pt mounted rototiller.
>
> I'll be planting larger areas next year and am looking for good how-to
> guides.  On the equipment side for the larger fields I have an Allis
> Chalmers 180 (~70hp) with a 14" Oliver plow (plow can be set up as 3 or
> 4 bottoms), 8' disk, 12' disk, 8' cultipacker, 10' cultimulcher, 8'
> S-Tine cultivator.  I've mowed the field this season and may have time
> to get out and fall plow if it makes sense.
>
> Andy
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