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Plowing Contour Strips

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Kerwin

06-19-2017 07:44:02




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A question for those with moldboard plowing experience. How do you avoid having a dead furrow mess in the middle when plowing a contour strip? For me when going both directions top/bottom just can't get a good finish in the middle. I've resorted to going just one way along the strip, which is a pain having to circle around. Thinking of going to a rollover if I can't perfect my technique of finishing off in the middle.

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Roger Tomfohrde

06-19-2017 20:14:52




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  
We would plow in one year and out the second. When plowing out slow down on the finish round and try to get just one bottom to be left. Also we used two when plowing a 20 inch to cover ground and a 16 to do the head lands and the middle. Would then use the field cultivator at an angle.



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2510Paul

06-19-2017 17:38:41




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  

I do enjoy my JD 4200 Rollover Plow. I leave a little wider headland for quicker turning, I never use the clutch. Headlands plow quick when you can plow in both directions.

Paul



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jeffcat

06-19-2017 15:10:35




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  
One other thing. My dad got hold of one big bad Howard rotovator. Was eveything the 460 could pick up. Going in 2nd gear TA but you aught to see how nice those machines make a seed bed. Very 3xpensive toy but a superb tiller. Sure made that six cylinder sound like a stock car in heat.



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coonie minnie

06-19-2017 14:00:15




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  
If the land requires a contour strip, are you sure you want to plow it????



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curtkeiser

06-19-2017 11:05:56




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  
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curtkeiser

06-19-2017 11:00:58




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  
One way roll over plow or no til.



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Brown Swiss

06-19-2017 10:40:25




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  
I just plow it up hill, I have the long fields I can go around the bluff, then the shorter fields I just plow and go back empty, yes like you said a pain but it is more of a pain trying to deal with a terrace that shouldn't be there from plowing down hill. You know what is like trying to chop the out side rounds off them with a drop off on the lower side of the field? You and I both need a rollover plow!

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flying belgian

06-19-2017 09:41:11




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  
Well don't farm contour but in a regular field we leave the last 10 ft. of dead furrow. Then come back and do that with the ripper. Don't moldboard the headlands either. To time consuming. Do them with the ripper.



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Mike Aylward

06-19-2017 09:40:34




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  
One thing that will help is when you are plowing the next to last pass is to "shallow up" your plow. Then when you make the dead furrow you just knock off the last small strip. Many keep the plow set at the previous depth and if plowing 8" deep end up with a 16" deep dead furrow. If done right with the plow set at 8" deep the dead furrow can be done at less than that and look very nice. Was taught this many years ago. Mike

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The tractor vet

06-19-2017 09:38:34




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  
Well this year ya plow out and end up- with a DEAD FURROW And the next ya plow in starting on the old Dear Furrow . when your disking in a dead furrow you try and throw as much dirt into that , usually two passes and sometimes three . Now you will see the CENTER of that field the next year . If you go with a Roll over plow then you will have to loose a bottom or two as they are heavier . On steep ground then it is best to THROW the dirt up hill . The only Picture perfect plowing can be done on flat ground .

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rustyfarmall

06-19-2017 09:03:00




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 Re: Plowing Contour Strips in reply to Kerwin, 06-19-2017 07:44:02  
Do the best you can, and then smooth it all down when you disc. That is how we always did it..



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