Im­ple­ment is al­most as old as farm­ing it­self

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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.

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