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This type of plow is also referred to as a "ridge plow" because it created ridges on either side of a central ditch. It was used to unearth potatoes and other root crops and to create the slightly elevated ridges along which such crops are planted. Such a plow was only practical for a farmer specializing in such crops since all farmers would require a traditional plow as well.

 

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Ditch Plow

date   1780-1820
width   32.5"
length   92.0"
height   32.5"
process/materials   hickory, iron
item type   Tools/Agricultural Tools & Equipment
accession #   #1999.13.514


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See Also...

Patent Model of Plow

"Plowing Sward"

Inventory of Edward Allyn


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