[Market-farming] Plow or plough

KAKerby at aol.com KAKerby at aol.com
Sun Aug 19 22:05:42 EDT 2012

I'd still like to see any photos you care to share.  If you have them  as 
jpg files, you may send them off-list as attachments directly to my  email 
address.  Or if you have the actual physical photos that you would be  willing 
to part with, just contact me offlist and I can send you my  mailing 
address.  And for the record, my beloved farming mentor is 88 years  old.  
Whenever he cares to share any equipment recommendations, we've  learned to stop 
and listen carefully.  It might not match up with what we  were thinking, but 
he usually has some pretty valuable insight that we need to  consider.  
We've also learned that a lot of the gear  manufactured prior to the 60's or so, 
is made stronger, lasts longer and is  easier to keep in repair than more 
recent equipment.  So we'd love to  see whatever examples of 100 year old 
potato diggers you have in  mind.
Kathryn Kerby
Snohomish, WA
Ruminations - essays on the farming life at  frogchorusfarm.com/weblog.html 
In a message dated 8/19/2012 6:42:50 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,  
vthick43 at gmail.com writes:

I wanted to show a picture of a 100 yr. old potato digger that you can  
still find
in VT and thought they might have them somewere else. You don't need a  hoe
because it gets them all. I have seen them sell for $200- 600. I don't  
have some
fancy website, I'm just a 70 yr. old farmer who doesn't need BS from this  
I get enough everyday. I hope you all enjoy your day.

On Sun, Aug 19, 2012 at 6:46 PM, MAsteveINE <_MAsteveINE at 207me.com_ 
(mailto:MAsteveINE at 207me.com) > wrote:

I'd love to see photos of what you're describing!
Yeah, me too, why dont uou rush out and get us on a list that does  pics!!!
Equipment names and design change with about every farming  neighborhood  
in the country so lets see if we can all at least get in the same  field. 
So here is a potato hoe.*
and here a potato plow or middle buster*

middle buster - moldboard plow with a double moldboard  designed 
to move dirt to either side of a central furrow"

Note that this tool can be used to open a furrow at planting and can  be 
run double
for 2 row work. Extensions on the "moldboards" can be used for  hilling 
dirt to the rows.
The idea is that running the plow under a row of potatoes will break  apart 
the hill and 
since potatoes are lighter than soil the majority will pop to the top  
where thay can be 
picked up. There is no denying that this is an improvement over just  the 
hand hoe,
but you will still need one to work over the soil so that you get at  all 
the crop.
Just how well all this works is a matter of dozens of factors just as  it 
would be if you
 had a new 4 row Spudnik out there loading trucks 12 rows at a  time.
I am currently with the hand hoe, in fact mine is a short handled one  as I 
traveling on hands and knees, were I to go "to the next step" it  would be 
something like this which allows crew to work standing and would be  
usefull also in 
beets and mangles.* I am, however, damned if I can see over 25K plus  plus 
for one!
* demonstration only

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