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Dr. Dan Talks Agronomy
Dan Davidson DTN Contributing Agronomist
Tue Mar 18, 2014 02:24 PM CDT

As spring arrives in the Corn Belt, farmers will be anxious to rush to the field and work their soil prior to planting. Just say whoa. That long, cold winter we just endured makes it more important to consider soil conditions and the depth of the frost line this spring.

In general, spring is not a good time to do aggressive tillage because the soil can be wet and the frost line shallow. Working with a disk or field cultivator to a depth of 8 inches will often pull up clumps of wet soil that will dry into clods. The ...

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