This is a new section that we are developing for the site. We hope to be able to show how farming has changed over the years.
In this first series we will be looking at farming in the 1940's and comparing it to today.
We will start with a topical subject for the season
PLOUGHING AND SOWING NOW AND THEN.
is Chris pictured on the 21st of March 2003 ploughing the drive field
with his 150 horsepower tractor and five furrow reversible plough ready
for sowing oats.
picture is taken from our old video of George ploughing in about 1940
as you can see from the trees at the edge of the picture in nearly the
same spot in the field.
Chris ploughed the 2ha in about 2 hours George would take 5 days
tractor and power-harrow/drill combination will sow and prepare the
ploughing in one operation.
George firstly prepared the ploughing with this harrow.
seed was then sown using the seed drill shown here.
interesting thing to notice is that the "coulters" which put
the seed in the soil are still a similar shape.
Chris sowed the field in about three
hours, George taking three days two harrowing and one sowing.
The end result however the same, a field
Interesting to see the difference over 60 years.