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close this bookBetter Farming Series 17. Groundnuts (FAO, 1977, 40 p.)
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How to plough

22. Make a first furrow with the plough across the whole length of the field.


Make a first furrow with the plough

At the end of the field, turn.

Make a second furrow alongside the first. The second strip of ploughed field joins the first. After that, keep turning around the double strip of ploughed field. This is conventional ploughing. If the field is very long, you have to turn less often; ploughing is quicker. Now the field is well ploughed.


Conventional ploughing

23. Ploughing often does not leave the soil flat. There are clods of earth. These clods of earth are broken up with a harrow.


Ploughing often does not leave the soil flat

If you do not have a harrow, you can let an animal draw big branches over the field to crush the clods.


Animal draw big branches over the field to crush the clods