Dealing With Compacted Soils

Look for this and other discussions among readers at our No-Till Farmer Web site: www.no-tillfarmer.com

A no-tiller’s soil has been getting harder every year and he wants to know what he can do to loosen it and develop a more normal root system. So, he asks fellow no-tillers on the No-Till Farmer sponsored Web site Bulletin Board. This and other questions have produced a flood of discussions lately.

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Here’s what fellow no-tillers had to say about compaction and root system problems, spring strip-tilling using a mole knife with anhydrous ammonia, direct drilling into frozen ground and what type of no-till coulters are best.

Harder Every Year.

We have been 100 percent no-till in a corn and soybean rotation for 12 to 15 years. At this time yields are running 20 percent less than the conventional tillage people in the area. Our soil is a Morley/Blount complex that just seems to be getting harder each year.

We are using a John Deere 7240 planter with Rawson coulters and have had a very good final stand the last couple years. Our corn and soybeans plants are generally quite spindly with a very shallow root system.

Any suggestions as to what we can do to loosen this soil to develop a more normal root system?

—Paul

ptudoe@cassnet.com

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