Plowing

Farmers used different kinds of PlowPlow - The most important implement for tilling the soil. Depending on the kind and size, a plow had rows of bladelike metal plowshares that cut, then lifted, turned, and ground up clods of soil. Plows were pulled by horses or a tractor and were used to prepare the soil for planting a crop.. With one kind, the farmer walked behind a horse-drawn plow, steering the plow and keeping the blades to the right soil depth to create a FurrowFurrow - A deep, narrow groove made in the soil by a plow or other implement. Seeds are placed in a furrow, and then covered with soil.. A riding plow allowed the farmer to ride on the equipment but with a steel seat and wheels, it was a rough ride.

Written by Claudia Reinhardt.


“There was what they called a gang plow. You had two bottoms on that, and you had three wheels on that, and then you had a seat on that. And you put four horses on that. Then you had a trip on it where you pushed with your foot. And then you had to raise it out [of the soil] on the end [of a row]. And then you had two handles on that – some of them had three – and then you could adjust how deep you wanted to go.” — Dean Buller