Clearing a new food plot? AMCO disc harrows power through

Aug 8, 2016 | Folding Disc Harrow, Tough Tillage Update

Clearing a new food plot? AMCO disc harrows power through

Side view of LOF Lift Offset Harrow

The LOF axle size and bearings are identical to those in the AMCO 39-foot disc harrow. The LOF is available in widths up to 9 feet, so it’s more than equipped to do the job.

With summer well underway, hunters across the country are turning their attention towards food plots. They’ll need the perfect disc to ready their food plots for the fall hunting season. Whether it’s deer, turkey, or some other game, a properly prepared food plot is crucial, and AMCO’s three-point disc harrows can handle the job.

Leading the way for larger food plot maintenance are AMCO’s LTF Lift Double Offset Harrow and LOF Lift Offset Harrow. If you’re breaking ground for the first time, these discs can power through the job in one pass. Just ask Jim Wasko of North Carolina. Jim was able to convert four acres of his de-forested land into a food plot using his 9’ AMCO LOF-2224 Offset Disc Harrow, weighing in at 2,272 lbs., behind his 105 HP tractor. After hours of use in tough conditions, the gang bolts were still tight and there were no indications of damage. Jim was very pleased with the disc, stating, “If you want to buy something and feel like you spent your hard-earned money worthwhile, AMCO is the brand for you.”

One reason the LOF clears land with ease is its standard spring Shock Absorber Bearing Risers. They dramatically relieve shock when the disc blades encounter obstacles in the ground, and it’s a feature you won’t find on many comparable discs on the market.

Side view of LTF Lift Double Offset Harrow

The LTF is available is small and large frame sizes, offering options for 32 to 100 HP tractors.

Spring-loaded Shock Absorber Bearing Risers are also standard on the LTF. To save time, the LTF also offers an optional broadcast seeder with bracket and dragboard kit to plant and cover your seeds. Optional feathering blades will level the ground one step further. 

AMCO’s Disc Harrows are low-maintenance, efficient, and extremely durable. They are designed to pull out of the shed and go straight to work year after year—just grease up the Protect-O-Shield® Bearings, and you’re ready to break ground. These discs are powerful enough that the gangs won’t need to be set in the most aggressive position to be effective in typical soil conditions. This gives operators more control in high-moisture soil conditions than they can get with smaller discs on which gang angle settings are likely maxed out.

While cheaper, smaller discs can’t take the abuse of repeated passes each year to clear ground, the LOF and LTF make the case that an investment in a larger disc harrow will offer a great return and make yearly food plot preparation less stressful.

Not ready for the LTF or LOF just yet? For those with smaller hunting plots or gardens, the Wicked Warrior™ tandem utility disc was built with the hobbyist and recreational landowner in mind.

Tips for food plot preparation

LTF Lift Offset Harrow in the field with red tractor

An AMCO LTF with optional feathering blades preps Russ Berry’s garden for spring planting.

Even with the right disc, food plot maintenance can be tricky, especially when trying to establish a new plot. To help you maximize your plot’s success, here are a few tips:

  • Choose a location that gets plenty of sunshine and is easily accessible to the wildlife you want to see.
  • Send in a soil sample for a lab test. This will determine your soil’s pH levels and help you pick out the best fertilizer for your plot.
  • Before planting, thoroughly prepare the soil by clearing debris and eliminating any unwanted vegetation with a disc harrow.
  • Before buying seed, research what kinds of plants will attract the animal you want to see. What appeals to a deer is different than what appeals to wild turkey, duck, grouse, etc.
  • Timing your planting is critical, but it varies on the type of plant you are growing. Research your seed options and follow the instructions provided by the retailer.

AMCO is proud to provide the tough tillage tools you need to prepare a successful food plot. To learn more about the LTF, LOF, and Wicked Warrior, call 800-748-9022 or email

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