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Farming/Food Plot Question #16003206 04/17/21
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So I have a field I've been trying to till up because that's all I have, a tractor and a 6ft tiller.

The field is full of roots that keep wrapping and clogging the tiller. Today I broke the u joint on the tillers pto shaft.
Now I have piles of dirt and roots to scrape up with the bucket and haul off.

Anyone have a good method for getting through these roots to plant? Crop doesn't matter this year. Whatever I can get in. Was hoping corn, but will put whatever I can in.

Should I plow and disc? I would have to hire someone or rent gear. Would a good heavy disc just cut the roots? They are no deeper than 3 or 4" down and 1/2" diameter at best.

Any insight or tips appreciated.

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I’d try the disc


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Disc would be your best bet, put some weight on it.

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Glyphosate.

Kill it all and it’ll break up easier.


I learned years ago that you are time ahead by spraying food plots first.


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What are the roots from ? If they can be killed with a herbicide application they will not wrap around the tines as easily.

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Can you use an offset disk?
I'd disk it up until you like the seedbed.


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I wouldnt till new ground for a food plot

Just disc it with extra weight, angle your discs to chop better. Just keep going over it and over it.


And what BigDave said, burn it down with gly4 and wait 10 ten, then disc it

That’s all I’d do

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How big is your tractor, plow and harrow?

Are you talking about a Deere 4440 or some 20-25 horse compact tractor?

Plow what size and how many? 4x16, 6x16 or a 1x12"

Harrow: how big is it: 5-6' or 18-25' or ??

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Originally Posted by wabigoon
Can you use an offset disk?
I'd disk it up until you like the seedbed.



Offset disc would be lots better on trying to work up new ground than a plain old disc. But, I have made multiple passes with a disc that had good blades, and did a halfway decent job.

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Kill whatever is causing the root problem first or you will be fighting this every year.


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7 shank plow.


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Spray and no till drill your seed until the roots die and decay.

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Originally Posted by Rickshaw
Spray and no till drill your seed until the roots die and decay.


I'm betting dude don't own a no till drill.


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Thanks for the input fellas. I'll try to get my hands on an offset disc set to try and chop up the roots. Wife would rather I not burn them with Gly. I'm leaning towards trying it. I don't mind working the field just don't want to break schitt


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CBB someth8ng doesn’t sound right
How would you break a u joint of the shear pin or clutch didn’t break first on your tiller? I’ve tilled several food plots over the years, gardens in barn lots have hit big roots, stones and every time I hit something too big I break a shear bolt

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Originally Posted by CBB
Thanks for the input fellas. I'll try to get my hands on an offset disc set to try and chop up the roots. Wife would rather I not burn them with Gly. I'm leaning towards trying it. I don't mind working the field just don't want to break schitt


I recently did what you’re attempting. I was successful by multiple passes with my disc and then walking the area throwing out the large root pieces. Should have some really nice food plots if it’ll ever stop raining.

I did sharpen all of my disc cutters with a side grinder before chopping.


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Originally Posted by IA_fog
CBB someth8ng doesn’t sound right
How would you break a u joint of the shear pin or clutch didn’t break first on your tiller? I’ve tilled several food plots over the years, gardens in barn lots have hit big roots, stones and every time I hit something too big I break a shear bolt


Probably did what I do, put a grade 8 bolt in place of shear pin. I hate stopping to replace shear pins. 🤣🤣


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Originally Posted by mirage243
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Spray and no till drill your seed until the roots die and decay.


I'm betting dude don't own a no till drill.


I don’t either, but was able to rent one cheap.

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Originally Posted by IA_fog
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How would you break a u joint of the shear pin or clutch didn’t break first on your tiller? I’ve tilled several food plots over the years, gardens in barn lots have hit big roots, stones and every time I hit something too big I break a shear bolt



No shear bolt. Clutch had been slipping as it should. I checked the tines. They are spinning freely. Not sure if the continual binding from the roots caused the u joint to break or if the clutch needs adjusted a little more.


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I'll get a couple pics in the daylight tomorrow and show what I'm working on


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