Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:26 am

Well done Posco, it lokks like you are on your way to taking good care of yourself and yours. You mention feeding the deer: there is no better way to do this than to put in a garden and pretend that it is for people! Raccoons, deer, voles, they will all be your friends soon......

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:04 pm

dmacarthur wrote: You mention feeding the deer: there is no better way to do this than to put in a garden and pretend that it is for people! Raccoons, deer, voles, they will all be your friends soon......

Boy, don't I know it! I put in sweet corn every year and used to lose much of the ears to the raccoons and most of the rest of it to the deer. Last year the deer ate the tops off the plants and only had a few go to tassel. :roll: But that's why I put it out. Much easier to get sweet corn from the Farmers Market for me to eat. I've got to find something cheaper than sweet corn for the critters . Maybe I need to slip into the neighbor's corn just before harvest and save some seed for next year.

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Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:52 pm

Single point hitch == Fast hitch

This is because the Cub fast hitch only has one point of connection with the implement. Larger tractors have a two-point fast hitch, with two spears.

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:58 pm

If you go with a fast hitch, and I would.
Fast hitch $400
fast hitch plow $200
Fast hitch disc $300
Set of Cultivators $350
side dresser $600
fast hitch planter $350
You can make a drag , that will get you started
The cost are average. Buy from someone you can trust. You can not trust everyone. Some just dont know what is good and what is not. Some just dont care and want to make as much as they can.
I will help in any way that I can, Boss

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:31 pm

On plowing up a grass field into a growing field, I've had challenges with my Cub. I've done it many times although I'm far from expert at it. Just so you're acquainted with how it works for some, here's my take on it.

Plowing I do in 1st gear in clay soils. Rocks have been a real "stopper" and a quick foot to the clutch pedal saves the day. (I have an old mini-auto tin hood for a rock sled and if possible I pry, shovel, sweat rocks out of the field.) Mostly my plow turns a furrow over and, as others have said, the grass doesn't get buried but is exposed, sort of on it's side tilted to go over. Going from the plow to the harrows was something I've learned on my own. The furrows were deep, the turned over sod so high that the Cub usually got stuck, and I'd have to back out--that is when I went at 90 deg. to the plowed furrows. Then I started to plow at a 45 deg. and found that worked for me--no weights on harrows and a quick hand on the touch control to lift up if I started to bog down. This way, that way...knocking down the ridges and clumps until finally something was starting to look okay. Then I went at 90 deg. and straight down the line too. Somewhere along the line I went from 1st to 2nd gear and stopped feeling like I was riding a bronco and felt instead like I was having a smooth ride. My tractor was rear wheel weights and chains (year round). Weight added on to the harrows did their work, forcing the harrows deeper and deeper. My old horse drawn smoother, chained to the Cub, (or a log drawn behind to get a nice field) followed.

Beyond this point, for me, I return the tractor to the barn, and start up the walk behind rototiller, and a hand hoe (no single crop row cropping here--probably 10 or more varieties of vegetables per row). I stay with the rototiller all season, and if the field is to be reused and the sod doesn't come back due to cultivation, I continue with the rototiller. But I'm not farming 1 or 2 acres...although I've done that briefly. More like it is 1/4 acre gardens. Oh, and sheep contribute manure/straw bedding to the garden...that too gets rototilled in.

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Sat May 03, 2014 10:40 pm

Boss Hog wrote:I will help in any way that I can, Boss


Thank you!

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Sat May 03, 2014 11:46 pm

Posco wrote:
Boss Hog wrote:I will help in any way that I can, Boss


Thank you!


you are welcome, I will get you some fast hitch pics

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Sun May 04, 2014 8:46 am

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Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Sun May 04, 2014 8:48 am

last 2 pics should be in another post

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Sun May 04, 2014 9:04 am

I appreciate you taking the time to do that, Boss! My experience thus far in this area (Maine) shows you had better be ready to jump when tractor implements hit the market, they go that fast. There must be a lot of Cub enthusiasts in this area. And a decent Cub around here will fetch no less than $2,500.00, for the most part. Too many well-heeled gentlemen farmers I think.

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Sun May 04, 2014 2:47 pm

I realize the initial post concerns Cubs and implements. If I were looking for a tractor for standard farming operations, I would consider something other than a Cub.

There are other tractors that provide more features than a Cub, such as 3-point hitch and standard PTO. Used 3-point implements can normally be purchased cheaper than Cub implements and are readily available. New 3-point implements can be purchased at most farm and ranch stores.

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Sun May 04, 2014 7:12 pm

Eugene wrote:I realize the initial post concerns Cubs and implements. If I were looking for a tractor for standard farming operations, I would consider something other than a Cub.

There are other tractors that provide more features than a Cub, such as 3-point hitch and standard PTO. Used 3-point implements can normally be purchased cheaper than Cub implements and are readily available. New 3-point implements can be purchased at most farm and ranch stores.


If I hit Powerball, I'll have a harem of Farmall's dotting my place but until then...

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Sun May 04, 2014 7:40 pm

Posco wrote:If I hit Powerball, I'll have a harem of Farmall's dotting my place but until then...
Good luck on hitting the PowerBall. I buy a PowerBall and MegaMillions ticket once a month or two. If I hit, small chance, I won't be buying any more tractors, much less more Cubs.

I have more machines, 5 tractors including 2 Cubs, than I can take care of and more projects on the drawing board than I will ever finish.

Just pointing out that there are more utilitarian tractors out there than the Cub, specially if you want work tractors.

Re: Budding but ignorant farmer?

Sun May 04, 2014 8:02 pm

Eugene wrote:I have more machines, 5 tractors including 2 Cubs, than I can take care of and more projects on the drawing board than I will ever finish.


I'm in the same boat, Eugene. If I had the lifespan of Methuselah I still wouldn't have enough time to complete the things I already have underway, much less take on new projects, but I do love to tinker. Thanks for the info.