Plow Days 2016

Plow Days in a Nutshell

The St. Lawrence Valley Draft Horse Club held its annual Plow Days on September 10th and 11th. Exhibitions included plowing with walking plow and sulky plow, grain binding, hay mowing, corn cutting, threshing, wagon rides, black-smithing, potato digging, sorghum press, dog/goat tread mill, cake walk, pony rides, raffles, refreshments. It is fascinating to see how well horse-powered equipment worked.

Plow Days Raffle

Here is the quilt we raffled off at the 2016 Plow Days:

Plow Days Quilt

Plow Days Quilt

And here is the wheelbarrow, made in a traditional way.

Old Fashioned Wheelbarrow

Old Fashioned Wheelbarrow

Getting Traditional (Horse-Drawn) Equipment Ready

 

Horse-Drawn Road Grader

Horse-Drawn Road Grader

Larry Bango steadies his team

Larry Bango steadies his team

Percherons ready with the wagon

Percherons ready with the wagon

Plow Days Kitchen makes great food

Plow Days Kitchen makes great food

Our youngest blacksmith

Our youngest blacksmith

Antique engines are often featured at Plow Days

Antique engines are often featured at Plow Days

Oats get bagged at a belt-driven thresher

Oats get bagged at a belt-driven thresher

Quilt DrawingThe quilt raffle was popular

Worn OutAll worn out!

Coming in from the fieldsReturning from the fields

Erics Team on the way to workEric W and team on the way to work

Tims Team at WorkTim B and team hard at work plowing Painted PairA painted team ready to work

The road grader all painted up

The road grader all painted up

Summer Harvest

The oats dried nicely, and were brought in just before our much-needed rains.

Oats headed to the barn

Oats headed to the barn

Here is the oat field almost ready to harvest

Here is the oat field almost ready to harvest

To the far left, you can see the corn, already chest-high.

First Harvest

Just a week after we took a picture of the nearly ready oat field, they were brought in.  Tom Aldous, Liston Willard, Monica Stone and Pat Rastley were among those who harvested the oats, and “Stooked” them prior to bringing them in.

King & Bob show how oats are done

King & Bob show how oats are done

The team and human helpers start the reaping

The team and human helpers start the reaping

Here's the equipment that cuts and Stooks the oats

Here’s the equipment that cuts and Stooks the oats

Spring Planting

We first plowed the field to turn over the earth, we then harrowed the field to break up large pieces.  Then we dragged the field to make the surface more even.  Lastly, we planted oat seeds using a wheel-powered seed drill.  It is a lot of work, but the results are great.

A week later, we repeated the process for corn in the adjacent field.

Jerry Caron Plowing

Jerry Caron Plowing

Jerry Caron and his girls dragging

Jerry Caron and his girls dragging

Tom Aldous Plowing

Tom Aldous Plowing

Liston Willard Harrows the field

Liston Willard Harrows the field

The Long 5 Acres almost ready for seeding

The Long 5 Acres almost ready for seeding

Here comes the seed drill

Here comes the seed drill

Tom and Bob Aldous making sure of seed drilling

Tom and Bob Aldous making sure of seed drilling

Tom n Bob using Seed Drill

Tom n Bob using Seed Drill

Plow Drill Workings

Plow Drill Workings