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#1 propane1 ONLINE  

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Posted August 15, 2015 - 09:33 AM

Well, it worked. Going to make the plow a little wider and maybe taller. All my welds stayed together, amazing. Had to make three passes to get all the potatoes, so a little rooting will be needed to find all potatoes, but I figured that. Also will change the hole on the adjustment arm to get the plow more straight up and down. Only dug a couple of plants. Sickle bar mower work great to get the tops off. First two rows had no potatoes in them, they were already picked. Noel

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Posted August 15, 2015 - 10:10 AM

I can't get low enough with anything. Either the plow doesn't or I loose traction.
I will open the hills with it and get those taters, then hand dig the rest. Less loss that way.
Not a heck of a lotion the hills this year anyways.
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Posted August 15, 2015 - 10:35 AM

lotion the hills?

 

 

How do you know when it's time to dig? I guess you don't wait for the tops to die.


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 10:52 AM

Nice looking spuds Noel! I like the AGs on the back of that Ford!


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 11:28 AM

Looking Good! There is always a learning curve to operating a new tool.
Have been using my middlebuster for 3 yrs now and am still learning things about setting it.
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Posted August 15, 2015 - 02:22 PM

It looks like its working well for you . I like the way the plow beam is made ,just by changing the last adjustable piece that the shovel is attached , you could have a few of these , one to make the furrow for the seed potatoes this one if you add wings or some type of bars will be for harvesting the potatoes
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Posted August 15, 2015 - 02:42 PM

I'm glad it's all working.  The results look great.


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 03:27 PM

Where is the picture of the plow? Looks like it worked pretty good.


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 03:52 PM

Bmerf , there is another thread, today before this one, with pictures. I dig potatoes when i need them, but to leave them as long as I can.  Noel


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 07:01 PM

Thanks I missed that one. Here it is:

 

http://gardentractor...ow/#entry599659



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Posted August 15, 2015 - 07:15 PM

... Had to make three passes to get all the potatoes, so a little rooting will be needed to find all potatoes, but I figured that.

 

Would adding weight help? Looks like a good idea. My potatoes are ready to dig, I was told to wait until the plants die back. Plants are almost completely dead.


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Posted August 15, 2015 - 07:23 PM

I don't know enough about computers and this site as to how to put things together in one thread, so every body can follow along, with out me having to post each time, but it works for me and most people see stuff I do. Noel

Most wait till plants die on their own, but commercial growers spray them to kill them ,so they can dig at a set time. I pull a few so I can eat them, when I want them. but I wonder if leaving them in the ground to long harms them, bugs and other things. I am going to dig the whole crop early this year I think. September long weekend maybe, last year was in the middle of October, Thanksgiving weekend. Trouble with bugs last year, so may dig early to see if any difference. other people say that after the flower dies, then start digging. It depends on what you want yourself, I guess.

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