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    We recently purchased 80 acres. The land was rarely farmed in the last 20 years and is quite lumpy from various varmits burrowing and such. We also have quite a few deer tracks worn into the fields. We do have ariel photos back to the 50's which shows that the land was originally terraced. There are quite a few low spots in the terraces which could also be graded better.

    We have a MF 1652 4WD. What attachments would be the best to use to land down the lumps and fill in the deer trails? We were thinking rollers. We do not want to disturb the entire 80 acres, just smooth it out a little bit.

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    I think it would take a giant roller. Are u open to reseeding?

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    If you have some pics it may stimulate some solutions from the community here.
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    I can get some pics from home tonight. We have been removing 4' - 10' juniper trees for the last 3 months. Lots of filled-in holes from that process too.

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    To level land it's best to use a land leveler that's made for that purpose.

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    For the size property your dealing with I would say the easiest and best way would be to hire a local farmer to come in and turn over the ground and disc it down. You can then work it a little more with your tractor if there are a few low spots you wanted filled in but then seed it down with what ever you want growing on there. Plowing will chase the woodchucks and other burrowing animals out of the field where as just filling in their holes will not make them leave. They will just dig it back out and you have the same problem.


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    What are your plans for the 80 acres? That will help alot in the discussion. A land leveler would be best, but that tool is usually best if the land has been tilled. You going to cash rent it, use it for pasture, mow it??

    Not sure what you mean by "not wanting to disturb it" while you are pulling out juniper trees.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    The primary purpose for the farm is a pecan grove. While we will not be flood irrigating, we would like the land to be a little more smooth primarily for safety purposes. While the areas under the tree plantings will be stripped of sod, we will keep the rest of the acreage in a ground cover.

    Attached are some pictures. We have removed approximately 150 junipers already. Lots of holes to fill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LazySusanFarms View Post
    Thanks for the replies.

    The primary purpose for the farm is a pecan grove. While we will not be flood irrigating, we would like the land to be a little more smooth primarily for safety purposes. While the areas under the tree plantings will be stripped of sod, we will keep the rest of the acreage in a ground cover.

    Attached are some pictures. We have removed approximately 150 junipers already. Lots of holes to fill.
    Plow, disc, drag, reseed. Like someone else said, have a farmer plow and disc it. This is really the only way to smooth it out properly. Heck if the farmer has a seeder they can do that too! You can get seaders at the local co-op for rent.

    A landplane is used to level property.... making it perfectly flat. I think that would be too sevier in your case. You just need to till it up well and reseed. It will be beautiful when done. And be much faster than trying to fill in holes here and there.

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