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Old fashioned plowing all for fun

Plowing team in East Cape Girardeau, IL  farm Field Plowing team in East Cape Girardeau, IL farm Field
East Cape Girardeau, IL East Cape Girardeau, IL
Horses: Jill, Jane, and Judy Horses: Jill, Jane, and Judy
Heartland News learning to plow Heartland News learning to plow
Old Fashioned plow teams tilling the soil of a farm field once flooded Old Fashioned plow teams tilling the soil of a farm field once flooded

If you traveled across the Bill Emerson Bridge in Cape Girardeau you were sure to see old fashioned plow teams loosening the soil of a farm field.

There is not an official name for the event or group, but events like this can be seen throughout the Heartland.  The group travels almost every weekend to plow fields they say all for fun.

Jim Buzzard of Beecher City, Illinois, tells Heartland News that the group participates in 20 to 25 plows a year with teams from 5 different states at times. 

Plow teams can have anywhere from 6 to 2 horses or mules harnessed up to a manual plow. 

One plow team member, George Starkey from Fredericktown, Missouri says this type of plowing is hard work, but it is fun because you get to do something that was must to plant crops a long time ago.

 Starkey goes on to say that manual plowing is a dying "art" and that old fashioned plows are hard to find these days because many are scrapping the metal out for cash.

Today's plow event took place in a field near the Mississippi River in East Cape Girardeau, Illinois.

The now freshly plowed field was under water from this spring's flooding until mid-to-late August, but that was not a problem for the plow.  Buzzard says this was the best field this year to work and usually is because of the sand in the soil.

Starkey let Heartland News take a turn at "working" the dirt with the 3-horse team of Jill, Judy, and Jane. An experience the plow group likes to teach children and others before the skill is lost to future generations.

The plow group plans to hit another farm field next weekend in Glen Ellen, Missouri.

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