This question came up while I was driving by a farmer the other day. He was out on one of their huge new-fangled tractors (you know, the kind with the cab over it for heating and A/C), with the strangest thing I ever saw behind it.
My father’s influence made me pull over and watch it for a bit. He is long gone now, but I still look at all the newest farm stuff with him in mind. The thing behind the tractor, at first, looked like a normal plow – no way. It turned out to be anything but “normal” in my eyes.
(ours – pretty close anyway) (the newbies)
We used to have to take wide swatches when we plowed because it was not easy or safe to turn a tractor pulling any heavy equipment in tight formation. So, the common practice was to begin in the center of the field, plow through it and along the far side bottom to the farthest corner. Turn and plow up to the top, across the top, then go back down next to the row you first created. You simply drove in a type of rectangle/circle formation moving one row over each time until you got back to the gate where you entered the field. It worked perfectly fine.
Well, this new creation would have made my cousin squeal with joy. Before he even got his drivers license, he was elected (pretty sure he didn’t volunteer for the job) to plow up one of our fields. He was kind of cocky so when he got the general gist of the project he took off.
We happened to be riding along the lane next to the field when it happened. He was going too fast and not paying attention to the plow in the back. Took a corner too fast and too tight, and the tractor wheel got caught in the plow and lifted the front end of the tractor right up off the ground. Luckily he was so scared and shook up that he took his foot off the peddles too fast, and the tractor quit right there. He could not get it all undone by hand and had to go, teary-eyed, back up to the house for dad’s help.
I am glad I was there to see it. However, this new-fangled plow would never do that. The farmer had some type of hydraulic system that actually picked up the plow into the air, flipped it around, and set it back down. He was able to go whipping back-and-forth, up-and-down through the whole field with barely slowing down – AMAZING!
Pretty sure my dad is in heaven somewhere, wetting himself, watching me watching that.
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