Proper Plowing

Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:24 pm

Having not been around much plowing, at the advent of no till. Need step by step directions as far as depth, condition of slabs,speeds, to start in middle of field at center,etc. how to finish a field.
Thanks in advance.

Tue Feb 20, 2007 1:46 pm

Phil, There are a lot of variables to consider when plowing. There are different ways to lay off a field depending on how the ground lays etc. Depth depends on soil conditions and what type of ground you are plowing. Generally, 6 to 8 inch depths are common with a cub plow. Perhaps the best idea is to attend CubFest when plowing is going on and we can answer your questions in real time as well as give you pointers as you are doing the work? :D

Tue Feb 20, 2007 2:17 pm

Another suggestion is if you have some plowing to do is to have a plow day for cubs. You will be amazed at how much 10 cubs can plow in a little time. If the ground is right it could be drug, disked and harrowed all the same day

Tue Feb 20, 2007 6:51 pm


If the ground is anything but flat, suggest buying the old time neighbor farmer a tall cool drink and asking his advice on the particular piece of ground you are planning on plowing.

You local conservation office, Federal Soil District, Etc., 4H club, FFA, should be able to provide advice.


Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:41 am

Thanks all

Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:52 am

if you just want to do a garden or what ever. Let me know and I will come up on a saturday and go over it with you. Might even have some company for the trip depending on what is happening then.
I enjoy plowing whether on the cub in a garden or in a big field with a semimounted plow and black smoke rolling

Thu Feb 22, 2007 5:57 am

Hope to put out some sweet corn this year.
not a whole lot of room, as we have a ten acres 8.5 woods, so I have alot of shade. have to decide where to put the small plot. Have 1.5 out side but is shaded from the AM sun.

Also plow my brother's gardens.
Thanks Phil

Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:04 am


My small garden where my Cubs work is open and sandy so I expect it to be ready to plow long before your shaded heavy ground is ready. If we can get together I'll show you what little I know about plowing.


Thu Feb 22, 2007 11:26 am

Just let me know when!
Boy looking at those photo's makes me long for spring and the smell of turned soil,fresh cut grass , Not to mention a grilled hotdog and hamburger!
Getting hungry! close to lunch time for me.


proper plowing

Thu Feb 22, 2007 6:56 pm

After you harvest your garden, I would consider fall plowing. Most years it will freeze out and mellow over winter. In the spring it will need minimum tillage. This I believe is the best way for heavy ground.