Plough FAQs:

Q: Were ploughs traditionally drawn by working animals such as horses or cattle?

A: Yes, but in modern times are drawn by tractors.

Q: Were ploughs fairly fragile?

A: Yes, and were not suitable for breaking up the heavier soils of northern Europe.

Q: Is a plough considered by some to be more sustainable than other types of plough?

A: Yes, such as the mouldboard plough.

Q: Was a plough an Australian invention of the 1870s?

A: Yes, and designed to cope with the breaking up of new farming land, that contains many tree stumps and rocks that would be very expensive to remove.

Q: Was a plough usually worked clockwise around each land?

A: Yes, and ploughing the long sides and being dragged across the short sides without ploughing.

Q: Are ploughs usually multiple reversible ploughs?

A: Yes, and mounted on a tractor via a three-point linkage.

Q: Is a plough used for crops?

A: Yes, such as potatoes or scallions, which are grown buried in ridges of soil using a technique called ridging or hilling.

Q: Is a plough designed to cut the soil and turn it on its side?

A: Yes, and minimising the damage to the earthworms, soil microorganism, and fungi.

Q: Are ploughs usually trailed and pulled by a crawler tractor?

A: Yes, but lighter models for use on the three-point linkage of powerful four-wheel drive tractors are also made.

Q: Were ploughs undoubtedly pulled by oxen?

A: Yes, and later in many areas by horses and mules, although various other animals have been used for this purpose.

Q: Was a plough also developed and patented by Charles Newbold in the United States?

A: Yes.

Q: Were ploughs initially human-powered?

A: Yes, but the process became considerably more efficient once animals were pressed into service.

Q: Was a plough traditionally known by other names, e.g?

A: Yes, Old English sulh, Old High German medela, geiza, huohilī , Old Norse arðr , and Gothic hōha, all presumably referring to the ard. The term plough or plow, as used today, was not common until 1700.

Q: Were ploughs used in regiments of engines?

A: Yes, so that in a single field there might be ten steam tractors each drawing a plough.

Q: Were ploughs so much easier to draw through the soil that the constant adjustments of the blade to react to roots or clods was no longer necessary?

A: Yes, as the plough could easily cut through them.

Q: Were ploughs lowered onto the ground by the tension on the cable?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a plough to loosen and aerate the soils while leaving crop residue at the top of the soil?

A: Yes.

Q: Are ploughs right-handed?

A: Yes, and the other left-handed, allowing continuous ploughing along the field, as with the turnwrest and reversible ploughs.

Q: Is a plough drawn through the soil it creates long trenches of fertile soil called furrows?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a plough a common tool to get deep tillage with limited soil disruption?

A: Yes.

Q: Are ploughs turned over?

A: Yes, so the other can be used.

Q: Are ploughs used to form small tunnels in the soil at a depth of up to 950 mm at an angle to the pipe drains?

A: Yes.

Q: Were ploughs made almost entirely of wood?

A: Yes, and except the iron blade of the ploughshare.

Q: Are ploughs mainly used for land to be or planted with potatoes and other root crops?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a plough carried at the proper angle in the soil?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a plough steam-powered?

A: Yes, but these were gradually superseded by internal-combustion-powered tractors.