Improving on headlands

Will hockridge

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Just after a bit more advice ect on improving on headlands, the general plouhhing apart from the occasional horrible field that may turn the odd clump up other then that I’m pretty happy with the consistency and matching up of the ploughing, new plough last year been doing it for 4-5 years but until recent had a newer plough at the contractors and doing more then what would of been done at the farm, so a couople questions some people say there’s not a lot you can do about it but
1. Obviously marking out and keeping your ins and out perfect makes a big difference which they are on a (relatively ) or straight headlands leaving no empty trough, with ploughing back over your ins and outs you end up with a bit of grass turning over sometimes you’ll end up with a fair bit and sometimes it seems to bury it all again, I’ve found the better deeper soil you seem to do a better job just wandering if there’s somthing I could be doing to improve this ?

2.Also to do with your ins and outs but but on a say triangle field or a curves headlands when your are loosing your length you then have a job to fill inno art of your previous trough leftwith your ins and outs because you can’t get back as far without going tighter and tighter then leave an uneven width around then when ploughing your headlands with there being an empty trough you haven’t got the soil to then turn back in? Just wandering if there’s somthing I can do to help with this or no I may be doing it all wrong and you’ll have a simple tip /solution towards it always up for improoviing and listening

many thanks will
 

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dannewhouse

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huddersfield
Do you keep going as you lift out?

If you have your top link in the slotted hole you should be able to lift the front a little before the back, this can help not plough at full depth past your headland mark resulting in cleaner headland ploughing.

It may be easier to rotate your bottom set dial rather than click the switch for this?

Plough headlands inwards? Try to do this more than every other year. Als we always plough headlands up hill ie top of field will be out (leaving a trough) bottom will be in leaving a hump.

Never plough the field say to the right and the left headland out, 2 troughs is never good to fill, randomly father does that every now and again and moans like fudge all year about my drilling!!!!

1 trough fills no bother.
 

rick_vandal

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Location
Soft South
FYI this is a Competition ploughing Forum. We usually cut and run to leave the hosts to fix the damage. Our headlands are highways for punters in flip-flops, posers on quads or judges in 4x4s. Americans take a different stance.
 

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JeremyD

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Arable Farmer
On angled headlands I double plough the in and out overlaps both ways, first time I drive on overlaps throwing it towards hedge leaving open furrow on field side ploughed ground, next run I drive in the furrow that's been left from previous run but throwing it away from hedge filling back in previous furrow, then carry on ploughing it out of hedge, i find it levels it quite well and normally not much trash on top... As ploughs have got bigger I find this best way! 6 furrow is lot harder than 4 furrow on angled headlands in my opinion.
 

rick_vandal

Member
Location
Soft South
On angled headlands I double plough the in and out overlaps both ways, first time I drive on overlaps throwing it towards hedge leaving open furrow on field side ploughed ground, next run I drive in the furrow that's been left from previous run but throwing it away from hedge filling back in previous furrow, then carry on ploughing it out of hedge, i find it levels it quite well and normally not much trash on top... As ploughs have got bigger I find this best way! 6 furrow is lot harder than 4 furrow on angled headlands in my opinion.
As ploughs get bigger, so too, do ragged headlands and your first run on overlaps is a bumpy ride.
 

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dannewhouse

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Location
huddersfield
As ploughs get bigger, so too, do ragged headlands and your first run on overlaps is a bumpy ride.
Top link in slotted hole, lift slowly as still driving. Ins less easy to do.

Semi mounted ploughs folk say you can get near 0 fish tails, headstock controls front. spool/depth wheel rear, use them independent so every furrow comes in or out on the same line, some ploughing won't be full depth but it is all a compromise
 

dannewhouse

Member
Location
huddersfield
With a semi mounted, tidiest ins and outs are done by leaving plough settings alone and just using the turnover to roll the furrows out and then roll back in, in sequence- get the roll speed/forward speed matched and there won’t be any fishtails at all!
Ever tried doing that with a mounted?
Suppose it might work for outs but not ins.
 

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Firefighters were called in to extinguish a tractor which was “well alight in a field” in Somerset, England, this week.

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