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Discussion Board - Grading old cow field

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Mr Manouche

04-29-2013 12:52:55

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Hey everybody. I"m a newbie and need some advice on grading. I bought some land that was used to graze cows and its a mess, there are high spots here and low spots there. I want to make about 3 acres of the land smooth enough to run a mower and also drain towards the ditches. Would you guys recommend plowing first? Then discing? Which implements in what order is what I need to know. I have a ford 3000 to work with.
Im in south louisiana and its wet almost all the time.

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04-30-2013 16:21:19

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 Re: Grading old cow field in reply to Mr Manouche, 04-29-2013 12:52:55  
Can you define these high and low spots a little better. Are they like prairie dog mounds, or are they a 8-10 foot hump maybe 100 ft in diameter? If you go out there and start pushing the rich topsoil off the high spats and putting it in the low spota you will ruin that field for 25 years.

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Mr Manouche

04-30-2013 18:27:28

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 Re: Grading old cow field in reply to GordoSD, 04-30-2013 16:21:19  
Thanks for the advice yall! I'll start shopping for a plow. The biggest high spots are no bigger then a pitchers mound on a baseball field but they are mostly smaller then that. The man who ran cows on the property disced it to plant grass, then I bought it from the owner and it stayed all disced up. Now I cant hardly ride my truck over it without hitting my head on the roof.
I love the idea about the RR iron, that will make quick work of it if I can find some. Also adding lime is something I wouldn't have thought of. Thanks again fellahs!

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John A.

04-30-2013 06:52:59

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 Re: Grading old cow field in reply to Mr Manouche, 04-29-2013 12:52:55  
Mr. Manouche, Having been in the High Plains where I have used a 50 ft land plane to get land flat enough to row water. I will add to LAA and showcrop comments. After you get the field worked up to the point is is loose, no big clods and all the weeds, grass, and the like is finely chopped up, Really mellow!
Get yourself a 20 ft stick of heavy R.R. iron. use it to drag out your field the result will be nice.
Or 3 spike tooth harrow sections hooked to a heavy 4 in or-so cross pipe. You can use something like a single R.R. tie to lay across each section for a little wt ant that will work right nice too. Hope this helps!
John A.

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04-29-2013 19:11:41

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 Re: Grading old cow field in reply to Mr Manouche, 04-29-2013 12:52:55  
I have done this for hire a few times. As LAA says first plow then disc. When plowing you will wan to go fairly deep in order to be able to cut off the highs and have material to fill the lows. It is OK to go a little deeper than it has been plowed before. You should be able to see a very clear boundary between topsoil and subsoil, and you could go into the sub soil just a little.

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04-29-2013 18:38:33

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 Re: Grading old cow field in reply to Mr Manouche, 04-29-2013 12:52:55  
Plow and disc if you have both or just disc real good then level and grade with a box blade or whatever type of blade you have. Since you will be breaking the ground and replanting it is a good time to lime and disc in.

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