Ground worked for new Winter Squash Patch
I am feeling like Mike, my new winter squash patch got worked up today. I am excited, almost over-whelmed, but excited.
FYI, I am planting 1/2-3/4 of an acre of winter squash at my families farm 35 miles from me. The field was an old pig lot. It hasn't been used in years. I get to use their tractors and tillage equipment to help maintain this plot.
Today I used the 6330 JD to rotory mow the whole space, hit a few rocks and other stuff, but no damage. Then my dad suggested that we hit it with the Disc Chisel Plow to break up the hard pan and break up the roots.
Picture of the Disc Chisel Plow (same one, not my picture)
He spend more time turning around than going straight! It was a hard pull for the 4630 JD, but we made it. It was a little wet on one end and just about perfect at the other.
8 passes and it was all broke up. The lot is about 100 by 300, but not all of it is usable. Next Sunday, if it doesn't rain, we will hit it with the disc several times and break it up. I know that weeds will be a problem, but since I have access to a tractor and equipment, I think I can manage the up close to the plants and use a tractor for between the rows. Then I will start direct seeding it next week. The extended forecast is, sunny, hot and no rain.
More pictures to come after this weekend.