As the wet spring continues to delay planting, grain farmers are faced with tough decisions about their intended tillage operations.
Once the ground is dry enough for farmers to work in the fields, some tillage operations may need to be sacrificed, said Purdue Extension agronomist Tony Vyn.
“The major question this season is, ‘How should my intended tillage program change in response to the current realities of saturated soils within fields, the weather forecast and the calendar?'” he said. “Overall, the most essential aspects of tillage management for corn planting in Indiana and surrounding states over the next few weeks will be to exercise caution, control weeds and enhance seedbed quality where possible.”
Important to choice of tillage systems is limiting soil damage and root-restricting soil layers during tillage or corn planting.
“It is essential to leave the soil condition with the maximum opportunity for unimpeded corn root development,” Vyn said.… Continue readingRead More »