MSU: Preventing sidewall compaction in field crops

Michigan State University Extension released tips to help with sidewall compaction.

The current wet soil conditions will result in sidewall compaction. MSU Extension recommends taking preventive measures since once sidewall compaction occurs it can’t be undone.

The most effective step is to wait for proper soil moisture conditions before planting. Other recommendations include leaving some crop residence to delay soil drying and opening of the seeds, use seed firmers, and adding one spoke closing wheel to break up compaction.

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