Implement is almost as old as farming itself
The plow is believed to the best most important agricultural implement since the beginning of history.
It is believed that competitive plowing began in Scotland, where soon after a farmer took up a new residence, his neighbours would plow his land. After the work was done, the farmers would scrutinize each other’s “lanes” and a prize was awarded to the best plowman. The world of the plowing contest was born.
What started in Canada in 1819, featuring only a handful of events for the farmers of Nova Scotia, has grown in popularity through the years and competition was keen among the pioneers.
Oxen and mules have also been used to provide the power.
Widely considered to be the most important agricultural implement since the beginning of history, the plow, or plough, was invented somewhere around 6000 BC once man started using animal power.
Before that time he cultivated with hoe-like devices. In Mesopotamia (Iraq) and Indus Valley (Pakistan-India) man first harnessed the ox.
Iron moldboards were later used by Chinese and Dutch farmers.
The moldboard plow actually flipped the soil over and turned a true furrow.
Wheels were added to the plow in the Middle Ages.
The late Stan Rogers’ Field Behind The Plow is a tribute to a way of life.