Spring Soil Management Concerns
The second concern is the potential for soil compaction. The wet spring has delayed field operations in many areas of the province. Rushing to get on a field can cause more of a yield loss due to compaction than a few days later planting. Check the field to make sure it is fit to work not just on the surface but to a depth below where equipment will be working. The potential for compaction is greatest with heavy equipment such as manure tankers. Waiting for the field to be fit is the best option when possible. Other management options include the use of radial tires, reducing axle loads, and limiting traffic on the fields.
Remember the impacts of soil erosion and compaction can impact the productivity of the field for more than the current year. Look after your soils to keep them resilient and productive.
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