The tillage practices you implement now will impact crop performance next spring, according to Missy Bauer, Farm Journal associate field agronomist.
She says the tillage objectives in a corn-soybean rotation are to create uniform soil density and prepare an adequate seed bed.
“You want to make sure the tool you are using has uniform fracture of the soil in-between the shanks, so you don’t leave ‘columns’ in-between the shanks,” Bauer explains. “Look to achieve uniform shatter in the top 4” to 6” of the soil.”
In the following video, Bauer demonstrates how you can evaluate soil shatter results in the field and set tillage tools for optimum results.