Wednesday, September 30, 2009

A Harrowing Day

Above:  Robbie is pulling our harrow across the field at an angle to disturb the straight rows of wheat stubble and evenly spread the residue left by the combines.
Above:  He will harrow the stubble left by the barley and wheat this fall, to improve the ground for next year's planting. 
Above:  Robbie raises dust as he harrows at 10 miles per hour, very speedy for field work.
Above:  The harrow is a humble looking implement that uses the last bit of tread on road weary tires. These came from our old Durango that Joseph drives to college.
Above:  It has three rows of spikes fastened to iron bars and is seventy-two feet wide. The heavy wire spikes or harrow teeth scratch the surface of the ground help break down and redistribute the straw.
Above:  Each harrow tooth is a balanced structure of steel. Each end provides a spike to drag across the ground. The harrow will kill some of the volunteer barley that you see on this photo. 
Above:  Farmer Fred will take over the harrow and checks it before he starts. 
Above:  The 7130 tractor will angle back and forth for many hours this fall as we harrow the stubble fields. 

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