* First plough match here I come.

Posted on September 4th, 2012 by ploughmyfield. Filed under General.

D-Day is the 20th October 2012.

I have entered The 121st Norton Plough match near to my home. There isn’t a Ferguson class so I’m entering the Vintage Hydraulic (Class – 4) I’ve been gathering together as much information as possible to make sure I get it right on the day. I’ve found this site very useful. Ferguson class rules (Society of ploughmen supported) I’ve also been studying like mad two sections of this DVD. TE-20 the art of ploughing I find I learn more watching than reading about it. I’ve been offered some sighting poles and a long tape measure. now I need to get some practice in.

I’ll let you know how I get on.

Hi Tim

It was nice to meet you at Newby, a face to a name. Your website is a regular.

I was interested in your entry to the ploughing match.  Regarding Ferguson ploughing, I spent a lot of time commercial and match ploughing and later organising matches.  

In spite of this and the ploughing match rules, one point has always left me puzzled.  In the Ferguson ploughing manual and instruction books there was always two wheel marks at a finish, as was with any 2 or even 3 furrow plough.  This is penalised in ploughing matches so therefore one has to move the plough along the crossbar, many match ploughs are modified to make this easy. The Ferguson requires slackening the U bolts and carefully resetting.

Also the match method of setting a rig differs from the Ferguson manual method.

Please don’t let the above confuse you, get out there and do your best. I am sure you will enjoy yourself.

All the very best.



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One Response to “First plough match here I come.”

  1. John Morris Says:

    In reply to Paul’s comments the Ferguson Manual shows a three furrow finish which in my expirence is just possible if your rear wheels are set at 48inches and you have 10inch wide tyres. Most modern replacement tyres are nearer 11inches which means you are two inches wider and likley to roll the edges of previous furrows A lot of ploughmen use a four furrow finish if they can work the unploughed land to the correct width. You can move the plough across as shown in the manual for ploughing out the headland but alot of ploughmen just rotate the cross shaft and then hold the plough over with the check chains.

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