Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby greybeard » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:08 pm

I did 40 acres in 2009-2010, mostly with a landscape rake. I piled mine tho, not windrowed..then lit the match. If you use the landscape rake, do yourself a favor and go ahead and buy some extra tines.
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Postby Stocker Steve » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:16 pm

What are you going to use the land for?
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby BobbyLummus1 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:19 pm

Thanks CB I'll be trying to come up with one of those too! Will be used as pasture for grazing
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby Silver » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:39 pm

Breaking plow, 2 24" bottoms, get that stuff underneath. Light discing and plant to pasture while it rots underneath.
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby Aaron » Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:45 am

Rock rake. Neighbors did it on 160 acres of 1/2 rock field. Worked great. They aren't the kind to start picking sticks by hand.

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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby Stocker Steve » Sat Apr 07, 2018 6:31 am

A strong wife. But, most can only clear 4 to 5 acres per year.
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby True Grit Farms » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:48 am

I used a grapple on my tractor and piled as much as I could up on the stumps and burned the piles. Then I just spread bahia grass seed and disced and drug it in. I built a 5' single offset plow out of a fire break plow, and then pulled a 250 gal 5' chopper behind that. After 5 years I shank plowed the pastures and picked up a few stumps and roots. Now I bale hay off of those fields. Jogeephus told me the secret, don't get in a hurry, cows can eat around stumps.
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby hdrockn » Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:53 am

CB, how does this work for smoothing out the pasture after the hogs damage it?
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby Aaron » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:00 am

Stocker Steve wrote:A strong wife. But, most can only clear 4 to 5 acres per year.



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Minnesota is a big state and Menards carries an ample and varied supply of shovels.
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby Stocker Steve » Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:20 am

Sue would do better if there were not so many rocks. There is a reason that the pioneers did not clear some of the hill sides left by glaciers.

Early in the last century Indian families were the cheapest way to clear off second growth bush. They would camp on site - - hand cutting, piling, and burning all winter. A large family could clear 160 acres in a winter.
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby Nesikep » Sat Apr 07, 2018 5:26 pm

A good chisel plow works well.. don't have too many teeth on it.. I have 5 over a 7 foot wide toolbar which is about right.

Time is your friend.. get it good enough now to seed without being too fussy, wait a couple years and do the final bit.. As TG said, cows can work around it!
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