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? ¶
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? ¶
Q: Is a plough to loosen and aerate the soils while leaving crop residue at the top of the soil? ¶
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? ¶
Q: Is a plough a common tool to get deep tillage with limited soil disruption? ¶
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? ¶
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? ¶
Q: Is a plough carried at the proper angle in the soil? ¶
Q: Is a plough steam-powered? ¶
A: Yes, but these were gradually superseded by internal-combustion-powered tractors.