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Contemplating Compaction
Dan Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist
Fri Jul 19, 2013 01:23 PM CDT

It's been 12 years since I began utilizing no-till as a way to alleviate and remediate compaction on our Nebraska farm. Removing plowshares, disc blades and shank points eliminates the shearing forces that compact soil.

Unfortunately, using heavy machinery (the norm today) and trafficking when soil is wet is still a routine risk. We're farming more acres, but we're not adding days to the calendar. So the narrow window of opportunity means we still occasionally traffic in less than ideal soil conditions.

This spring and summer (June) I have been pulling soil samples on our family farm in northeast Nebraska. ...

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