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KANGROW Farmer

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Arable Farmer
I'm in Russia breaking new land with 10 furrow GB wagon plough.

I bought the plough 2nd hand and imported it. It came with mixed Skimmers on.

The soil is high om 4.5 to 6.5% and as it's new land there are some tough conditions from time to time (some woody bushes to to your waist)

The mixed Skimmers gave me major issues blocking ... main due to the really high OM soils, coupled with the bushes equaled nightmare!!

Mixed Skimmers in short vegetation was workable, (locally had been to cut hay for cows over winter, therefore short grass but still high OM soils) you can see in the photos.

To solve the issue of blocking on mixed Skimmers I've bought pasture Skimmers x2 left and right to test, see photo, I was totally surprised by how big they are compared to the mixed Skimmers!!! Unfortunately, it's now winter and ground is frozen so I can not test run :-(

Question - will the pasture Skimmers allow me to plough in the areas with the woody bushes and higher grass / vegetation or small I going to face major blocking issues still?

Note: I did find that if the skimmer point where inline with plough point it would block quicker and the same if I put the Skimmer point to far forward (+1.5 inches) but if I set the Skimmer point slightly forward of the plough point, say 1 inch, this seems to lower the number of blocking occurrences!

I would like to see any photos of other pasture Skimmers in action too, if that's possible
 

arcobob

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Norfolk
I'm in Russia breaking new land with 10 furrow GB wagon plough.

I bought the plough 2nd hand and imported it. It came with mixed Skimmers on.

The soil is high om 4.5 to 6.5% and as it's new land there are some tough conditions from time to time (some woody bushes to to your waist)

The mixed Skimmers gave me major issues blocking ... main due to the really high OM soils, coupled with the bushes equaled nightmare!!

Mixed Skimmers in short vegetation was workable, (locally had been to cut hay for cows over winter, therefore short grass but still high OM soils) you can see in the photos.

To solve the issue of blocking on mixed Skimmers I've bought pasture Skimmers x2 left and right to test, see photo, I was totally surprised by how big they are compared to the mixed Skimmers!!! Unfortunately, it's now winter and ground is frozen so I can not test run :-(

Question - will the pasture Skimmers allow me to plough in the areas with the woody bushes and higher grass / vegetation or small I going to face major blocking issues still?

Note: I did find that if the skimmer point where inline with plough point it would block quicker and the same if I put the Skimmer point to far forward (+1.5 inches) but if I set the Skimmer point slightly forward of the plough point, say 1 inch, this seems to lower the number of blocking occurrences!

I would like to see any photos of other pasture Skimmers in action too, if that's possible
Have you tried fitting discs ? In UK much high organic land is ploughed with slatted mouldboards. I am not surprised it ploughs better with the skimmer further forward as skimming needs to take place before the soil starts to lift on the share.
 

Howard150

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Yorkshire
Better off to get rid of the woody growth as it will cause you problems for years to come. Might help to get rid of the surplus of grass at the same time by topping it and raking it off.
Ploughing old pasture after it has been left to its own devices takes years to get rid of the sod.
What you might need is longer legs for more clearance. Pal of mine had some for ploughing straw in after carrots
 
Better off to get rid of the woody growth as it will cause you problems for years to come. Might help to get rid of the surplus of grass at the same time by topping it and raking it off.
Ploughing old pasture after it has been left to its own devices takes years to get rid of the sod.
What you might need is longer legs for more clearance. Pal of mine had some for ploughing straw in after carrots
now i know yer talkin boll*cks Dave.........ya have no mates:p
 

tomlad

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Location
nr. preston
Problem is on the scale the guys reclaiming......... vast acreages i think he's hoping for a 1 pass .... i agree the discs should help.
 

Will 1594

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Arable Farmer
Better off to get rid of the woody growth as it will cause you problems for years to come. Might help to get rid of the surplus of grass at the same time by topping it and raking it off.
Ploughing old pasture after it has been left to its own devices takes years to get rid of the sod.
What you might need is longer legs for more clearance. Pal of mine had some for ploughing straw in after carrots
Take the skimmers off and dont look behind ,we did a bit once at home , drained some boggy land , ploughed it with 1 furrow digger plough behind major and was pushing small trees over and ploughing in ? And disced about 25000 times to chop all shite in
 
Amazing photos and thank you. Plenty featuring gardeners, assistant gardeners and a guy with a blue triangle. Is he a surveyor of some type,. Please explain.
the triangle is set to your overall ploughing width and is very fast for measuring ,you just walk it across the plot spinning it at 180 degrees each step and count the rounds ,i dont use one but they say its faster than a tape and wont get lost ,there is a green one there too in the photos on the end of a plot
 
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Growers and agronomists now face the dilemma of an early application to remove competition from emerged wild oats, or holding off to allow more weeds to germinate.

Syngenta grassweeds technical manager, Georgina Wood, urges Axial Pro treatment as soon as conditions allow, once weeds are actively growing.

“That offers the chance to control wild oats more cost effectively at lower rates, whilst there is still the flexibility to tailor application rates up to 0.82 l/ha for larger or over wintered weeds and difficult situations.

“The variability of crops and situations this season means decisions for appropriate Axial Pro rates and application techniques will need to be made on a field-by-field basis,” she advised.

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