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HARROWING

Harrowing

exhibition number: Agriculture 3

The harrow breaks up the soil, levels the ground and conceals most of the seed from the birds.

harrowing, Tregroes, about 1900

Bush harrows were made of thorn bushes attached to a wooden frame. Wooden harrows had spikes that followed each other in the same groove, but iron ones could have spikes that were set in slanting rows, so each spike could make its own furrow; this is far more effective. Chain harrows were more flexible than the others to followed the contours of the land.

Several small harrows could be used at the same time to cover more ground.

Other implements such as cultivators, scarifiers, drag harrows, spring tine harrows and grubbers were also used to prepared the ground for seeding.

BUSH HARROW

CHAIN HARROW

SPIKE HARROW, WOOD

SPIKE HARROW, METAL

SADDLE-BACK HARROW

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