Don’t fall for these tillage temptations

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A Purdue Extension agronomist is urging corn farmers not to let planting anxiety drive them to fall for three common tillage temptations: too early, too wet and too often.

Heavy rainfall and cool temperatures have delayed planting and tillage operations in much of the Midwest.

Farmers often become too eager during weather delays, which can lead to risky or unnecessary field operations, Tony Vyn said.

Beyond proper timing of tillage operations, Vyn said producers should avoid working ground when it’s too wet.

“We’re having a wet spring, we’re expecting more rain, and farmers have a lot of acreage to plant, so the temptation is there to till when it’s too wet,” he said. “The problem is that tilling wet soils can cause compaction. You can lose a lot more yield with compaction than with delayed planting.

“Just because the tractor doesn’t get stuck doesn’t mean you should be out there.”



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