3 days ago
Saturday, October 13, 2012
dirtwork, part 3 - plowing and disc ing and tilling
I've got a big rototiller that I use inside the greenhouse and for stirring things, but I understand now why the disc harrow is such a popular implement. I can drive over the ground at 3 to 4mph and in one pass chop up sod or crop residue, fill holes and smooth the ground. With more passes the clods of dirt left get smaller and smaller. Now this doesn't give me the finished seed bed that I'd like for a good pasture -- I'll go over it with a power rake for the flat, finished surface, but it's not bad
I've found this to be the fastest way to go from heavy sod to seed bed:
Mow tall grass because it's easier to plow mowed sod than deal with the long grass and sod both.
Bottom plow to break up the soil into big clods
Disc until you've got the texture you want
Figure roughly two hours per acre.