Farmers from 28 countries arrived in Baudette, Minn., in late August to practice plowing in northern Minnesota soil conditions. Farmers practiced in both stubble ground (seen here is wheat stubble) and grasslands.
IT TAKES MORE THAN A VILLAGE
More than 7,000 visitors attended the 66th World Ploughing Competition held in Baudette, Minn., Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Lake of the Woods Tourism executive director Joe Henry says people from numerous northern Minnesota communities, from Bemidji to Thief River Falls, helped with the international event.
IN HIS BLOOD
Gene Gruber, Eden Valley, Minn., practiced conventional plowing on wheat stubble Aug. 26. The long-time plowing contest competitor noted that the soil, at the time, was heavier than what he has plowed before. He was plowing with a plastic moldboard with a harden steel share that he built in his shop last winter. Gruber, who was the world conventional champion in 2017, took third place this year.
Dale Dircksen, Union City, Ohio, (left) competed in the reversible plow competition. His implement allowed plowing a field down and back, instead of having to circle around.
Plow competitors such as Dircksen were constantly checking plow depth, crown finish and other measurable factors that judges score during a plowing competition. The smallest equipment adjustment can influence how furrows look.
A new 60 by 200 foot pole barn served as headquarters and the marshalling site for contest organizers and participants. Farmer Ed Arneson, who provided fields for contest plowing, says they had recently torn down some old buildings and planned on building a new structure.
PLOUGHING COMPETITION WINNERS
Six participants were recognized as world champion plowers at the world contest. Taking honors in the conventional plowing category were Eamonn Tracey (bottom row, left), Republic of Ireland, second place; Andrew Mitchell Sr., Scotland, first place; and Gene Gruber, USA, third place. Taking honors in reversible plowing were John Whelan (top row, left), Republic of Ireland, second place; Marco Angst, Switzerland, first place; and Seren Korsgaard, Denmark, third place.