Sidewall compaction is more common when the crop is planted in wet soils. Pioneer Field Agronomist Jesse Moch says this soil smearing in and around the furrow can have long-lasting effects. If we dry out, that becomes really hard, and our roots won’t want to form laterally. They try to drive down and it can cause issues later in the year.” Planter adjustments can resolve this issue. “Most importantly, we want good seeding depth and soil to moisture contact. Every field is different. If we had a whole field like this with sidewalk compaction, you’re looking anywhere from 20-to-40 percent yield loss if we dry out.” In the latest Pioneer Agronomy Update on the Red River Farm Network YouTube channel, Moch also outlines maturity issues.
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