Because of the wet fall, I harvested corn silage when my soil was still wet. This created wheel ruts and compaction in some of my fields I want to get rid of.
Has anyone tried a vertical tillage tool to smooth the ruts? How did that work?
Beyond the ruts, I am worried about field-wide compaction. Some neighbors have used a deep ripper. I am not sure what to do right now, and may just wait until spring. How is everyone else planning to remedy soil compaction caused through this 2016 wet harvest season?
We will resort to using an in-line ripper to remedy the headlands if they show signs of compaction. usually the first clue is poor water infiltration. Depending on your soils, you can avoid compaction with careful discipline in your field activities(not always possible) My experience says sandier soil will compact much sooner and easier than finer silt and clay based soils. This is counter intuitive, but I am absolutely sure we compact sandy soil because we think we can get on it sooner(to our detriment) Cover crops rooting will help a lot, but there is only one way to smooth out ruts…..its not easy to fix as easily as it is to destroy.