Saturday, December 3, 2011

Deep breaking

Since the completion of harvest, Nathan has been largely focused on deep breaking what was the peanut field. We're using a 49" Towner disc. Yes, you read that correctly--just the discs are 49" in diameter. The contraption as a whole is taller than I am. 

The purpose of deep breaking is threefold: (1) to bring up the clay buried beneath the sand, (2) to loosen the soil and (3) to chop up the roots lingering beneath the surface.

Using Big John to pull the plow, we're getting a depth anywhere between 20 and 24 inches.

It is a slow process and one full of surprises. Take, for example, what the Towner accidently hit as it was plowing away: an old rusted sand fighter (shown below). It seems it was left in the field, forgotten for decades and covered by sand dunes. Until now. Took three guys to dig it out.

Apparently we need to invest in a good metal detector before further plowing.