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Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:21 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I put in a lot of deer plots under in similar places,the first year I like to start disking early in the year and see if I can kill off the trees and bushes.Then before I plant anything I run a sub soiler around the outer edge of the plot cut off any roots coming in the plot from surrounding trees.This can be quite a chore and will sometimes pull up some big roots.Then I'll try to
subsoil in the plot but mostly just disk it with a heavy off set disk.Usually I have put on lime early on and when I plant I mix the seed with fertilizer and broadcast then disk lightly and
culitpack.Most times I get a very good stand, the 2nd year I subsoil or chisel plow the whole plot the stumps and roots break down pretty fast.Letting the roots stay in the ground and rot is better than digging them out and having to deal with them in my opinion.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:41 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I know its not as much fun! But I would
just spray with Round up 2 4 D and Brush
killer. Then rent a no-till drill from
your local USDA office. Ours has a 7' one
plus other tools. If you go slow, plowing
will go ok.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Find an old clunker of a ONE WAY DISK plow, pull type or 3 pt. I have a 3 pt and worked over 2 acres of fresh cleared land with a dozer.A disk plow will roll over roots and rock.
When rolling , it will slice and cut the roots. In one or two yrs they will be rotted away.
Drive slow as to not break the blades. Never plugged up once. clint
 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 4:34 am    Post subject: Re: Will I be able to plow field that has tree roots? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I typically just disc up food plots and dont plow them. Cut it short, disc it, drag with a toothed harrow, spread seed/fertilizer, do a final drag to cover, and call it good.
 
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