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    Done plowing, do you think a tiller can tame this ground next spring??

    Frontier PB1001 single bottom plow. Took some adjustments and practice but done for now. This area is about 50 ft by 120. It started out rough so had problems controlling depth. This moldboard plow needs a depth wheel and coulter to cut/flip this grassy area from the past 25 years. I brush cut it three weeks ago. Also learned traction was a serious problem until it dried out a bit. Sure was fun though!
    OK, my question: will a 5 ft rotary tiller (future spring purchase) knock this down? It’ll be a rough ride that’s for sure. Took me an hour with power washer to clean the packed dirt from the underneath side of tractor after plowing. Coulda used more ground clearance. Pulled three buckets of rocks out too.
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    Impressed how you did in such sticky ground! I would let it air dry more then plow it again to bust it up more or run a Spike Tooth Harrow over it till it is way flatter.
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    You will be shocked how much smoother it is by spring. This was not as rough as that but freezing, thawing, snow and rain will level it quite a bit.

    Plus tilling is slow work but I wouldn’t want to do it now though. I would also find a farmer who is selling corn stalk round bales and spread it on it. It would be good to have some of them fall in the gaps in the clay.
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    The rocks will be harder on the tiller than the plow bedding. In fact rocks and tillers don't agree at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    You will be shocked how much smoother it is by spring. This was not as rough as that but freezing, thawing, snow and rain will level it quite a bit.

    Plus tilling is slow work but I wouldn’t want to do it now though. I would also find a farmer who is selling corn stalk round bales and spread it on it. It would be good to have some of them fall in the gaps in the clay.
    I agree with this ^^^^^^^^^^^ by spring that will level itself out much more than you'd think. Don't know if you have disc harrows but if you do that the way I'd go in the spring. Disc it, and then till it.
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    You'll be fine by spring. By then I bet I could do it with my 300 and 33 tiller. I do like the round bale idea.
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    Disc, then till.

    Disc, pick-up more rocks, then till. hahaha
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    I always wanted to plow up a field not being Farmer! All I ever get to do is get my garden ready each year with a Troy Built Tiller, make roads and ditches with my tractor!! These other guys know more about dealing with Clay then me for sure we don't have any where I live?Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herminator View Post
    You will be shocked how much smoother it is by spring. This was not as rough as that but freezing, thawing, snow and rain will level it quite a bit.

    Plus tilling is slow work but I wouldn’t want to do it now though. I would also find a farmer who is selling corn stalk round bales and spread it on it. It would be good to have some of them fall in the gaps in the clay.
    Herminator, I agree , let mother nature take care of that clay. Sure would like to see your chisel plow from the rear view and where did you get it, how much HP to pull one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NextEndeavor View Post
    OK, my question: will a 5 ft rotary tiller (future spring purchase) knock this down? It’ll be a rough ride that’s for sure. Took me an hour with power washer to clean the packed dirt from the underneath side of tractor after plowing. Coulda used more ground clearance. Pulled three buckets of rocks out too.
    Had my neighbor plow my garden one year. Looked worse then what you have going on as he never plowed before. I took my disc to it and smoothed it out before I tilled it. Slow and rough going with the disc but it was fun and did the job.
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