I don't know what do you think, is it possible? Or is it not going to work at all? I know I could rent a tractor or buy a backhoe for a decent price, but I'd really like to do it with my existing tractor, unless it would be a waist of time and not get any decent results.
I also would rather do swales I think than just contour plowing. Swales would last longer right? It seems a contour plowing would need repeated.
Dan Grubbs wrote:I was thinking of something similar to this, but using by two-bottom moldboard plow to cut swales parallel to the keyline and rolling the soil over on the downhill side and then detatch the plow and put on my back blade at a slight angle (road-grade style) and then use the blade to drag turned over soil into a burm, and the furrow from the moldboard plow being the swale. With several passes, this seemed like it might work. I'm going to try it this fall after our second hay cutting.
This does work. It works best if you can do it in a single pass with the back blade, as the subsequent passes will compact the berm. If you drive with the wheels in the dead furrow, the angle turns out about right.
You can also build micro swales with just a moldboard plow, but it takes a lot fiddling with the plow adjustments because you are running "backwards"--the left wheel in the dead furrow instead of the right.
Here's a link to the other thread with the photos.
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