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lowri



Joined: 18 Oct 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 20 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yes Jam Lady, I guess that was what I saw. Beautiful team of Belgians. Thank you. Must have been Howells Living History Farm.

Jam Lady



Joined: 28 Dec 2006
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Location: New Jersey, USA
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 20 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

There's a plowing match every year, lowri. I'm not quite sure if it will happen this year or not. And even if it does occur if I will attend.

Here's one of my favorite pictures from a past event - Percherons with the plowman's grandchildren. When they (and I) first started coming to the even the horses were quite dappled. Last year they were very white. Apparently the dapples fade.



dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 20 6:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



that looks like the 2 gents are being a plough, ace snap

lovely horses and i am not "horsey"

iirc there are very few heavies left in the uk

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 20 6:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Horse ploughing matches are quite popular round here, so we probably see more of them than most places, but as you say, Dpack, not that many of some breeds of heavy horse. A lot of the shows we go to feature horses driven like that in an arena, but not usually with riders.

Funny how we managed to get from tomatoes to horses.

Jam Lady



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 20 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thank lowri for the tomato to horse transition, MR.

The plow match was over, horses going back to Round Pasture by the visitors center for a break, so grandchildren got a ride. Horses probably don't even notice that light a weight on their backs.

Plow match competitors come from New Jersey (where the farm is located), Pennsylvania, sometimes a third state also. Breeds I've seen include Percherons, Belgians, Brabants, Suffolk Punch. There have also been mule teams, and the farm's oxen.

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 20 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mistress Rose wrote:
Funny how we managed to get from tomatoes to horses.


Aren't they part of the same family?

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 20 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

toms quite like horse by products, no idea if horses like toms

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 20 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    



The only place I have seen oxen used to plough is at the Ancient Farm. They had a pair of Dexter cows to pull an ard. The initial pair were Kathleen and Siobhan, but their offspring Annie and Jacobus replaced them. I don't think I have seen mules ploughing, but I know they used to be used, or a mixture of mule and horse. There are a number of British breeds that are used, as well as some like the Percheron, that I have seen here.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 20 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Does anyone know what is happening to my tomatoes please? I have had a few like this. Thanks



Slim



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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 20 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Hard to see in my phone, but it's it grey mold around the calyx? Botrytis often starts there.

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 20 10:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It does start to go mouldy Slim and the fruit comes off the plant really easily.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 20 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Sounds like botrytis.
Are the tomatoes in a tunnel? Has there been prolonged periods of high humidity?
Botrytis is everywhere, but can only infect with hours of high humidity. Best defense is air flow

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 20 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Thanks Slim.

They are in my greenhouse and there are two windows that are always open and the doors, which are left ajar with a slight gap. I guess I need to crank them open some more.

Slim



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 20 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The ideal situation is to have a fan to circulate air in the tunnel 24 hours a day, but that's often only available to big growers

dpack



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 02, 20 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

a pooter fan, small pv panel and small battery can be used

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