Great Plains, 1880-1920
After a field has been plowed, it still needs to be smoothed out
and leveled before it can be planted. With two gangs of individual
round disks, a disk harrow chops the sod furrows into smaller pieces.
This further damages the original vegetation's root system, and begins
to level the field for planting. Depending on the type of sod and
plant root system, it may take several passes by a disk harrow before
a field is smooth and level enough to be planted.
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Photographs from the Fred Hultstrand and F.A. Pazandak