“If you’re telling me your soils are cold and wet, I know you have compaction. I don’t even have to look at it.”– Jim Hoorman
With the wet weather much of the country saw in the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019, many farmers have found themselves having to get into their fields when conditions were less than ideal. Heavy combines, grain carts, tractors and tanks of manure have the potential to damage fields, creating soil compaction and deep ruts.
In this episode of the No-Till Farmer podcast, we hear from former NRCS soil health specialist Jim Hoorman who explains how improving soil structure with no-till and cover crops can help alleviate compaction problems. He also shares his favorite cover crops for fighting soil compaction and explains why you should never go into a buckwheat field at 4:00 in the afternoon.
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Intro Music: Adam Selzer - True North
Interlude Music: Alialujah Choir - Little Picture (Instrumental)