Plowing with redlight

Farmall Cub Forum -- Questions and answers to all of your Cub related issues.

Moderator: Team Cub

Forum rules
Notice: For sale and wanted posts are not allowed in this forum. Please use our free classifieds or one of our site sponsors for your tractor and parts needs.

Plowing with redlight

Postby Gator809 » Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:04 pm

I finally got off my duff an plowed the spot for my garden. I got my old 52 cub named my by son redlight, and mounted the 151 disc plow on it because it looked right and it's easier to deal with that plow is a nice benefit.

Image

To say my ground was hard was an understatement. When I first tried a few days ago, the plow could only peel the grass off, it couldn't turn my clay at all. In fact I couldn't get a shovel or a pick to penetrate either. But we got some rain mid week, and it made the ground soft enough it would turn.

I know some if y'all are prolly laughing at my job of plowing. It I figure for a rookie with never turned over hard clay and exactly no experience plowing I did a pretty good job

Later

Hank
"Tiger" 1974 International Cub
"Goliath" 1960 IH modified Cub LoBoy
"Littl' Smokey" 104 Cub Cadet
"Red Light" 1952 Farmall Cub with 151 disc plow
"Bananna Pie" 1964 International 2404 Industrial
User avatar
Gator809
Cub Star!!
Cub Star!!
 
Posts: 354
Joined: Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:06 pm
Location: Pride LA
Zip Code: 70791
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Plowing with redlight

Postby tmays » Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:14 pm

What kind of wheel weights do you have on that cub?
Thomas
tmays
501 Club
501 Club
 
Posts: 1422
Joined: Wed May 11, 2011 8:59 pm
Location: Raymond, MS
Zip Code: 39154
Tractors Owned: 1972 Cub
1947 Cub
1952 Cub
152 plow
1953 Farmall Super C
154 Cub Loboy
44 LB Woods mower
23A disk
144 Cultivators
Poplarville disc
54A blade
Gaylott scoop
193 Moldboard plow
Cub 22 mower
Woods 42
IH C-2
174 Planter/Fertilizer
Rotary Hoe

Re: Plowing with redlight

Postby Rudi » Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:14 pm

Hank:

I think you probably did pretty darn good for a first time plowing. My first wasn't so darn hot either as far as I was concerned, thought I didn't do it right. Dad said -- it got cut up and turned over so that is good. Now you are going to have more fun as you disc it and harrow it. Quality seat time in any case. Glad you had fun :!: :{_}:
Confusion breeds Discussion which breeds Knowledge which breeds Confidence which breeds Friendship

User avatar
Rudi
Team Cub
Team Cub
 
Posts: 28425
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 8:37 pm
Location: NB Dieppe, Canada
Zip Code: E1A7J3
eBay ID: ve9rhs
Skype Name: R.H. "Rudi" Saueracker, SSM
Tractors Owned: 1947 Cub "Granny"
1948 Cub "Ellie-Mae"
1951 Cub "Jethro"
Dad's Putt-Putt
IH 129 CC
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y
Twitter ID: Rudi Saueracker, SSM

Re: Plowing with redlight

Postby Former Member » Sat Sep 22, 2012 9:53 pm

Thomas, do a search on the site for W&N wheel weights. They were made for the early cubs on the west coast for IH by them in Fresno CA. They are a set I got on a circle cub I got from CA a few years ago. Walt and I went out and brought 3 cubs and a pile of implements back.
Former Member
501 Club
501 Club
 
Posts: 6416
Joined: Tue Jan 29, 2008 10:56 pm
Zip Code: 00000
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Plowing with redlight

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:40 am

Now, you need to work on making nice garden soil, out of the clay. Start gathering leaves, grass clippings, old hay, livestock manure, anything organic, to add to the clay. In a few years, the plow will sink in easily, and crops will do well. Garden crop roots will have a hard time, as the plow did, sinking into the clay. Ed
50 ,52,53,56,59 F Cubs, 55,55,57,63,63 fast hitch, 64 lo-boys, 71 154, 184 lo-boy,61 cadet original. IH spreader,IH corn grinder, Oli. OC3 ,AC D10 ,IH 444 , Potato digger, wagner ldr 3 power units.
ScottyD'sdad
Cub Pro
Cub Pro
 
Posts: 4975
Joined: Thu Aug 31, 2006 7:00 pm
Location: Ma. Rehoboth
Zip Code: 02769
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Plowing with redlight

Postby Rudi » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:47 am

Image to what Ed said. Work it with the disc harrow if you have one or even a spring tooth. It will help work the soil amendments into the ground. If you can get wood ash lay that on as well - keep the chunks of charcoal out. Clay requires ash - then nitrogen really is the only thing left to add. Along with the other items Ed mentioned this will bring your soil up to good workability. If you can afford it a truck load or two of top soil or loam wouldn't hurt either. The goal is to get soil that will crumble in your hand yet when slightly damp can be compressed into a ball -- not a hard ball, just a ball. When you got that all you have to do is ensure the proper elements are present and you will have a great garden. Keep adding soil amendments by the way of green manure/bio-mass etc., to the garden in the fall and work it in.
Confusion breeds Discussion which breeds Knowledge which breeds Confidence which breeds Friendship

User avatar
Rudi
Team Cub
Team Cub
 
Posts: 28425
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 8:37 pm
Location: NB Dieppe, Canada
Zip Code: E1A7J3
eBay ID: ve9rhs
Skype Name: R.H. "Rudi" Saueracker, SSM
Tractors Owned: 1947 Cub "Granny"
1948 Cub "Ellie-Mae"
1951 Cub "Jethro"
Dad's Putt-Putt
IH 129 CC
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y
Twitter ID: Rudi Saueracker, SSM

Re: Plowing with redlight

Postby Gator809 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:56 pm

That's my plan of working in alot of organic material. I collected a large pile of bagged leaves last year thinking I was going to start it last year. It didn't happen, but I now have a nice pile of semi decomposed leaves. I spent the afternoon spreading them. I plan on getting several trailer loads of leaves again and mulching with them. Then I spring time ill see what I have an go from there. I might plant the whole bed in cow peas and plow them under for nitrogen. I might try some tillage radishes also to try and break up the soil.

Later

Hank
"Tiger" 1974 International Cub
"Goliath" 1960 IH modified Cub LoBoy
"Littl' Smokey" 104 Cub Cadet
"Red Light" 1952 Farmall Cub with 151 disc plow
"Bananna Pie" 1964 International 2404 Industrial
User avatar
Gator809
Cub Star!!
Cub Star!!
 
Posts: 354
Joined: Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:06 pm
Location: Pride LA
Zip Code: 70791
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Plowing with redlight

Postby CapeCodCubs » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:47 pm

I'm not laughing, looks good so far!!!!!! At least you don't have rocks like we have in the northeast. Build up that soil with compost, sawdust, leaves and manure. It'll take time but you'll be grinning with pride in a couple of years. Green manure is a good idea, too. Nice looking Cub by the way. Chris
Image
CapeCodCubs
501 Club
501 Club
 
Posts: 2575
Joined: Fri Jan 11, 2008 5:30 pm
Zip Code: 02747
Tractors Owned: .
1948 F Cub Fast hitch
1949 F Cub
!950 F Cub Fast hitch

10 FastHitch implements
tons' of cultivating and planting stuff
Cub Middlebuster, Cub bean harvester
NOS Planet Jr. planter
172 planter, large combo hopper, 101A fertilzer hopper
Mott flail mower

Re: Plowing with redlight

Postby Jack » Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:46 am

not only will you have nice soil when your done adding, you will have a lot of fun getting seat time
1955 Farmall Cub
Grader/Leveling blade
193 Moldboard plow with colter and jointer
carry-all
User avatar
Jack
Cub Star!!
Cub Star!!
 
Posts: 460
Joined: Sun Aug 14, 2005 11:14 am
Location: Tionesta, PA.
Zip Code: 16353
Tractors Owned: 1955 Farmall Cub
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Re: Plowing with redlight

Postby cowboy » Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:36 am

A disk plow leaves a rough field. But any plow is going to have a hard time on clay thats hard and hasn't been plowed in a log time.

Put rye and clover in with your peas and radish. That will really help add organic material. Rye can add 4 ton /acre of organics alone. I don't know how the ph is in your area. But in Michigan all the soil that hasn't been limed before needs at least 1000 lbs of lime /acre to bring up the ph to where plants will grow well. I've put down almost 17 tons of lime this year myself.

Billy
Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you. 1964 cub. Farmall 100 and 130.

"Those that say it can’t be done should not interrupt the ones who are doing it.”
User avatar
cowboy
Cub Pro
Cub Pro
 
Posts: 3414
Joined: Sat May 15, 2004 11:10 am
Location: MI, Britton
Zip Code: 49229

Re: Plowing with redlight

Postby Gator809 » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:43 pm

My land was cow pasture cleared in the 40's. So to say it hasnt seen any work is an understatment.

Well got my large pile of semi rotted leaves worked in. The garden is about 25'x40' and has a layer about 1' thick after I worked it in with my disc. The first passes felt Like I was driving over bowling balls hidden in the leaves. But it got better. A friend reminded me a coworker he deals with has horses an cows, and I can prolly get all the manure I want.

So that's my plan along with collecting all the bagged leaves I can get. Well see what spring brings.

Hank
"Tiger" 1974 International Cub
"Goliath" 1960 IH modified Cub LoBoy
"Littl' Smokey" 104 Cub Cadet
"Red Light" 1952 Farmall Cub with 151 disc plow
"Bananna Pie" 1964 International 2404 Industrial
User avatar
Gator809
Cub Star!!
Cub Star!!
 
Posts: 354
Joined: Thu Jul 02, 2009 1:06 pm
Location: Pride LA
Zip Code: 70791
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y


Return to Farmall Cub

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Posco and 4 guests