The Right Plowing TechniquePlowing
As a farmer, you have probably asked yourself if your plowing technique is correct. This is a question every good farmer has asked themselves due to one reason or the other. And why not? Plowing is one of the determinants of whether your crop will be good or not. Good plowing is the start of a great planting season and may go as far as harvesting.
The main purpose of plowing is to create loosened soil that can be made into a seedbed, perfect for planting. This article gives a step by step guide on the perfect plowing method to start planting season correctly.
The first step like any other good method is preparing. Preparation involves several things including checking that all your equipment is in a good functioning state. Oil what’s you need to oil, ensure you have enough fuel, and that you have all the essential equipment. The field should also be part of the preparation process. Ensure that the field is free from plant material that could clog up the plow; any plants or weeds should be closer to the ground. Also, ensure that your field is dry as plowing on wet ground will damage both the vehicle and the soil structure.
The second step calls for connecting the plow. Connect the plow to the three-point linkage and make sure that the ‘check chains’ are nice and loose but not so loose that the plow hits the back tires when it swings from side to side. This adjustment is necessary in case you hit a big rock. This enables the plow to skid sideways rather than breaking anything on the tractor.
The third step is the plowing part. This part is fairly easy. Start on the right side of the field, drop the plow onto the ground with the 3 point linkage, drive the tractor 6 foot forwards and then inspect the results. The first cut always has to be more difficult because there is no adjacent furrow for the turf to fall in it. It is always better to put up marker poles to guide you on the first furrow.
The first adjustment you should make is the depth wheel that should be set at an 8” furrow. Ensure that you do not get any deeper than your plow is designed for or else the turfs will not fold over neatly. The top link adjustment is the next one. lengthening the top link will cause a 5hr back plow to lower and create a deep furrow. It needs to be just right as lowering it too much it can send the plow pointing upwards preventing a proper dig.
Finally, do a little more tillage on the ground as plowing is only the first step. Ensure that you do harrowing and rotovating before you can start planting. If this is your first time, ensure that you have an expert on The field with you to ensure that you do it properly. The most important thing to remember is that you need to loosen the soil properly to increase the chances of proper plant growth.