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Tillage Fit to Fix Fields

November 22, 2010
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

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In Episode 5 of Corn College TV, find out what tools are fit for fixing wheel tracks, ruts, and other soil compaction problems. Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie describes how your machinery pass affects your agronomic performance.

“Depending on soil types and conditions, the per foot or per shank horsepower requirement may change for a tillage tool,” Ferrie explains.

First, though, identify what you soil compaction problems are and where they are located across your fields.

Ferrie says that not having enough power to pull a tillage tool may lead to farmers running the equipment above the problem area that they bought the tool for.

 “Ensure you are fixing your fields problems by digging behind your equipment. And evaluate its performance based on soil type,” he says. “A lot of time I run into farmers who overbuy an implement and their tractor is under powered.”

Ferrie’s top tips when it comes to tillage is to be conservative in sizing the equipment, test drive the tool and try a neighbors or try a demo from the dealer.

Learn more in Episode 5 of Corn College TV. 

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