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Last week I finally closed on my own piece of ground, 81 acres in Morgan County, and plan to create a couple of plots. I'm in the process of buying a 39 hp Kubota and brush hog now. For you fellas who have been in the plot building business for awhile, would you recommend a 5 foot rotary tiller or 5 foot disk to work up the ground? My thought was the tiller so I could also use it for working up a new garden site next year, but I thought I would check with the experts first.
 

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Both actually. Even with mowing before hand I feel it overworks a tiller breaking ground. On new ground I always disk first, then till. That said nowadays I'm more inclined to spray to kill, broadcast seed then mow as I feel it provides a better stand and brings less weed seeds to the surface. On a tiller...it's real easy to get too enthusiastic and over till ground.
 

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I haven't used the disc since I bought a tiller. I agree with nontypical that it is easy to overwork it with the tiller so I pay close attention to soil moisture. Dry soil sucks for tilling.
I also agree that I do a lot more spray, throw, and mow than I used to. I would definitely want a mower and a sprayer before tillage equipment.
 
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