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Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby BobbyLummus1 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:12 pm

We recently cleared land and have burned most everything we can . besides picking up lots of sticks by hand ugh .. 50 acres . Nothing i've tried yet has been real effective . landscape rake , plowing/discing in , and a land leveler .

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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby Caustic Burno » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:57 pm

Homemade harrow is what we use in the thicket. Cleaning out a food plot I can get a picture of your interested.
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby BobbyLummus1 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:06 pm

heck yea im interested , thanks
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby Brute 23 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:29 pm

Why do you need to pick that stuff up?

To level it a harrow will work. They have some with fold up wings and hydraulic lift. You could drag it and probably make wind rows with what ever small stuff you hang up.
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby bball » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:37 pm

Been doing the same thing myself...tried several things and the thing that has worked best for me was a landscape (york) rake. Remove every other tine(big thank you to NonTypicalCPA) so the dirt flows through better. I set rake to kick trash out the right hand side. Up the field then back again to form a nice window of debris. Then I would straddle the window with tractor/fel and kids would through debris in bucket. A day or 2 of that and i went and bought a couple 10 tine pitchforks(silage fork). They pick up the bigger stuff, but the majority, they can just fork into the bucket easy peasy. One picks the big stuff, one or 2 will work silage forks. Worked all day doing this and snapped a few pics. Will try to post later.
I have tried several things, including a chisel plow with all the tines evenly spaced about 10" on the back row. Ended up having too much debris flow through. Tried chain drag...just gums up with debris quickly. Have covered many acres just picking by hand...slow and kids start hiding out from me on the weekends.
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby bball » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:39 pm

Brute 23 wrote:Why do you need to pick that stuff up?

To level it a harrow will work. They have some with fold up wings and hydraulic lift. You could drag it and probably make wind rows with what ever small stuff you hang up.


If you want to drill seed, got to have it somewhat clean. We deep tilled everything in the fall, but still lots of debris popped to the top over winter.
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Postby bball » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:42 pm

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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby BobbyLummus1 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:46 pm

Brute 23 wrote:
Why do you need to pick that stuff up?

Im not sure I do .. Just thought it should be more finished before we seed it for pasture . My plan is to plant brown top millet in may to hold ground together until its time to plant fescue in the fall.

Thanks BBall I'll try that tomorrow with the rake. your well ahead of me . Looks great
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby Brute 23 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:56 pm

You may not get perfect planting where it hops a stump but some of that just has to rot. As long as it doesn't tear up equipment it should be good.

One of the hydraulic harrows will drag a lot out. Maybe too much.

When you think it looks good... it will rain and show a bunch more.
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby bball » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:01 pm

Brute 23 wrote:You may not get perfect planting where it hops a stump but some of that just has to rot. As long as it doesn't tear up equipment it should be good.

One of the hydraulic harrows will drag a lot out. Maybe too much.

When you think it looks good... it will rain and show a bunch more
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Amen to both of those Brute!
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby bball » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:04 pm

BobbyLummus1 wrote:Brute 23 wrote:
Why do you need to pick that stuff up?

Im not sure I do .. Just thought it should be more finished before we seed it for pasture . My plan is to plant brown top millet in may to hold ground together until its time to plant fescue in the fall.

Thanks BBall I'll try that tomorrow with the rake. your well ahead of me . Looks great


Thanks Bobby. Your soil looks a bit heavier than mine in places. I hope it works for you too. Hoping to drill seed as soon as soil temperature comes up.
How are you going to plant the millet? Any lime yet?
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby BobbyLummus1 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:11 pm

I'm going to broadcast the millet . i have rented the no till from the county before but im afraid if i used it here id be buying it
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby M-5 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:14 pm

Offset disk is designed for new ground . It will cut and turn the dirt.
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby BobbyLummus1 » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:16 pm

lime is next , bulk lime priced at $50 a ton spread . gonna try and do 2 tons to the acre . it gets trucked in from Tennessee
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Re: Best implement to clean up cleared land ?

Postby Caustic Burno » Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:26 pm

BobbyLummus1 wrote:heck yea im interested , thanks


Every one around here has a homemade version of this for cleaning up thickets or after the loggers leave.



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