As corn and soybean harvest progresses across the Corn Belt, be cautious when driving on wet fields, as ruts can cause compaction. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers 10 tips to avoid soil compaction during corn and soybean harvest.
- Wait until the soil dries enough to support the combine.
- Don't use grain bin extensions or fill the combine as full.
- Use wide tires with lower inflation pressures.
- Keep trucks out of the field. Consider unloading at the ends of the field, not on the go.
- Grain carts should track the same rows as the combine.
- Don't turn around in the middle of the field.
- Don't fill the grain cart as full; unload more often.
- Establish a grain cart path and stay on it.
- Don't till wet soils as they are easily compacted.
- Use cover crops to help build soil structure.
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