Don’t Plow in the Spring


Snow plowing a late snow like we’ve been getting over the last few days is a bit of a challenge as the ground under the snow is soft. I would rather not dig up our nice road up to the whey tank but it must be plowed so that Brent from Vermont Butter & Cheese can deliver the whey. In the past I have not bothered to plow out a snow like this with soft ground under it. Instead I just drove over the snow and let it pack down. One might suggest putting the tank down by the road, and we considered that, but it would mean that we would not be able to gravity feed from the tank to all the various feeding stations. Gravity works, electricity is expensive and pumps break.

The best solution seemed to be dragging backwards with the bucket blade compressing the snow a bit as well as moving the snow or driving forward with the bucket blade significantly up, again with the bucket scooping up some snow and compressing the last few inches. This resulted in a minimum of gouging the soft earth of the drive below the snow. Note that I that while say soft earth, it is crushed ledge that has been well packed but to the tractor it appears amazingly soft. During the real winter time the soft earth isn’t an issue as the ground is frozen as hard as rock so the tractor doesn’t dig in as it plows.

The joys of mud season with a frosting of snow. But, the view was rather spectacular as I plowed and I would not give that up. In the distance are Sugar Mountain to the left, Knox Mtn and Butterfield, all white with snow on their peaks. Gorgeous.

Outdoors: 38°F/16°F Partially Sunny, Light Snow
Farm House: 61°F/55°F two logs
Tiny Cottage: 56°F/47°F desk curve form made

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2 Responses to Don’t Plow in the Spring

  1. Anonymous says:

    Maybe instead of putting the whey tank down at the road and always pumping it up to the animals you could use a pump to pump from the truck up to the tank the few times you don’t want to have Brent drive up the road. It would not be fast but an inexpensive pump could do the job and might come in handy for other projects.

  2. I considered that but it is a long ways. When I took the photo above I was next to the whey tank and the road is down past the house by another 50′. The total drop is about 70′ and the distance about 250′ in the straightest possible line. That is a lot of pressure. Fortunately spring storms like this only happen once in a while so it isn’t too big a deal. I’ll get the hang of blowing over mud – I suspect it is all in the technique.

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