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Keep Soil Compaction in Mind at Harvest

As Tyson Raper, University of Tennessee Extension cotton and small grains specialist, points out, the weight of cotton harvesting equipment has increased to record levels with the adoption of the new module-building pickers. That means it’s important for growers to keep in mind the factors which can contribute to soil compaction and potential problems next season .

Raper says in order to minimize the impact of trafficking fields, keep in mind the potential impacts of trafficking the field when wet, make sure tires are properly inflated before entering the field, and attempt to reduce the number of passes over any given area.

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