Soil Toil

Farm machinery at Riverstone sunset. Click to enlarge.

Only time this morning for an image to share–this sunlit farm machinery in the barn shed at Riverstone just before sundown.

The red shift in the light from low in the sky to image-left really made the paint on this soil-tilling machinery pop.

Somebody enlighten me on name and exact function.  I’m guessing the yellow paddles loosen and aerate the soil in preparing a seed bed.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. It looks like the machinery is currently in use, or about to be, depending on the condition of the fields. I think the little “discs” in front till the soil before the seedlings are dropped in. Wild guess, since it’s 50 years since I’ve been around anything remotely “farm like”.

  2. I agree with your thinking Fred. I’ve never seen such a machine before but it makes logical sense that it breaks up a hard surface just before sowing seeds behind the process.