Plowed the back 40 today

Re: Plowed the back 40 today

PostBy: PC 12-47E On: Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:27 pm

whistlenut wrote:That 'Turbo' whine is enough to have you 'sportin' wood'!!!!! Cat? Cummins? Even better than a Hooters birthday party!

Where science gets down to business!!!


This is a 36' lobster boat with a full keel powered by a 1,200hp. Mack Quad turbo diesel.
58+ mph. :shock:
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Re: Plowed the back 40 today

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:37 pm

It was interesting but this is a little more my speed: :o
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Re: Plowed the back 40 today

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:51 pm

The diesel whine is nice but I prefer this:


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Re: Plowed the back 40 today

PostBy: PC 12-47E On: Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:58 pm

Rick 386 wrote:The diesel whine is nice but I prefer this:


The gas powered boats are fun to watch... That boat is made of wood and is powered by a 632 cid supercharged V8. The last time I saw it run the boat was just under 70 mph. 8-)
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Re: Plowed the back 40 today

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:07 am

That is some crazy plowing right there.

Myself, I like to plow and use a similar set up; a 7 bottom plow attached to an Ford FWD 8830. In the video, they are a little out of control, but it is true the faster you can go, the better the plowed ground. The sod just rolls off the moldboard much better. We had one field that is all sand and we can plow it fast enough so that the sod completely flips over when it comes off the moldboard...now that is smoking it out across a field!

I do disagree with the USDA which says deep tillage is no longer needed; I recognize with the new GMO and hybrid seed used today minimum till and no-till are possibilities even in our high manganese and compaction-prone soil, but when you loosen up the hard pan, and set that plow to the deepest level; you get some really high corn yields in the ensuing years.

A few years ago I plowed a field that we used to hay. Back in those days we had a 140 hp 2WD tractor and were scared going up this 15% grade that we would spin out on a cow turd and end up going backwards down over the hill with the tractor, baler and hay wagon going in opposite directions. My Uncle came along as I was plowing it and just shook his head. Because of the slope of the land, I was plowing that same field, going up hill using a 7 bottom plow. He was like, "It is amazing how far we have come with tractors."

Of all the things I do with a tractor, and being a farmer, I do about everything, I love to plow the best!
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Re: Plowed the back 40 today

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri Oct 26, 2012 6:49 pm

Plowing was my favorite as well...probably because I started out with that. 4 bottom set of Massey plows behind a JD4430...which was our "big tractor" at the time. We had a lot of clay, and 4 bottoms was plenty. Years later I pulled a huge set of chisel plows with 6 "subsoil" shanks on the back with a JD 8850 on the front. Look that one up on google, 955 cubic inch V8, about 240 gallons of diesel...it would practically shatter the compacted clay.
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Re: Plowed the back 40 today

PostBy: the snowman On: Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:59 pm

Plowing was ok, I had a set of JD on land with international boards with hydraulic reset. My JD 986 tractor with air conditioning and air seat made for a comfortable day. For me the best was chopping corn or combining high moisture corn or shelled corn. Had a neighbor who owned land next to one of my fields and we would have a plow off every year. He had semi mounts and I had the on land plows. With the on land with international bottoms they would handle any trash and turn the sod completely over. I could also plow a lot faster than he could and had a much smoother ride.

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Re: Plowed the back 40 today

PostBy: NoSmoke On: Sat Oct 27, 2012 3:03 am

We are right in the midst of corn harvest season right now which is a very busy time for us. We never stop milking cows, (24/7/365) but field work seldom is around the clock...except for corn chopping season that is. I still like plowing better, but watching that ole combine cut, swallow, chop and spit out 8 rows of corn at 6.5 mph and clear an acre every 6 minutes is impressive. Watching the yield counts go up and down on the counter and seeing the trucks filled is neat as well. Even the women folk get into the act this time of year, taking their rotations so everyone has nice hot meals no matter where they are, what they are doing or what time of day/night it is.

We used to run 24/7 during planting season, but now that we have got bigger equipment, more help and more fields; we do not need to do that any more. I have fond memories of those days, disking fields at 2 AM and what not, but who knows, in 10 years time we might be doing everything by GPS and remote control!

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