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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 02:04 PM

So here I am working out in the garden with my single bottom plow on the garden tractor and thinking that I'm really getting the dirt worked up quickly.

Then my neighbor across the road pulls up with this weard looking thing all folded up behind his tractor.
He sets it on the corner and starts to un-fold it.

That has got to be working 60 or 70 foot at a time.
Maybe I could get him to make one pass on the back of my property and then I would have enough dirt worked up for 10 gardens.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 02:11 PM

Wow Ray, that sure is a big piece of equipment. Sure puts things in perspective.

I bet you returned to your single bottom plow and garden tractor and were very happy.
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 02:33 PM

That's quite the price of equipment! Even if he can plow 70 feet at one time, I would have more fun on a garden tractor with a single bottom plow.
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 02:44 PM

Looks like a planter to me.
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 03:20 PM

That's a monster piece of equipment. I agree with Ryan. It's more fun to use a small tractor to get the job done.
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 04:08 PM

Looks like a planter to me.

Yes, it is a planter.

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Posted April 24, 2012 - 05:14 PM

Ray , would that be a "no till" field ? Al
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Posted April 24, 2012 - 05:40 PM

Ray , would that be a "no till" field ? Al

Yes it is.
It had corn on it last year and if you look close, you can see the old cutoff corn stalks.
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Posted April 25, 2012 - 06:04 AM

That's actually a little on the small side compared to some of what's out there now. A lot of land is now being cleared of trees so the new larger equipment will fit. The farmers need economies of scale to make a living because farm gate prices are still pretty low and input costs are huge.

What scares me, and a lot of the guys I talk to who do it, is that a lot of those trees were planted after the dustbowl in the 1930's to keep the land from blowing away. They hope minimum and zero tillage will keep that from happening again, but nobody really knows for sure. As a friend of mine said about his land, "The way we do things now, if it goes bad it'll happen all at once."

On the other hand, if you ever get a chance to run the big stuff, do it. It's so cool...like driving a rocket ship.
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Posted April 25, 2012 - 06:54 AM

I got to pull around a 50' chisel for a few years. That was a trip learning where the edge was compared to the tractor, a JD 8850.
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Posted April 25, 2012 - 11:03 PM

That's actually a little on the small side compared to some of what's out there now. A lot of land is now being cleared of trees so the new larger equipment will fit. The farmers need economies of scale to make a living because farm gate prices are still pretty low and input costs are huge.


I once heard "Farming is the only business where you buy everything retail and sell everything wholesale"
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