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Fall tillage in wet soil conditions

When there’s heavy precipitation in the fall, harvest in Minnesota can be challenging. Farmers need to consider how to get in the field to harvest, and if they’ll have time to complete fall tillage. 

Strategies for success

Soil compaction and smearing is a concern when pulling implements through or driving on wet soil. Residue management is another concern.

Consider the following strategies to limit soil damage and help fields quickly warm up and dry out in the spring for quick planting.


Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension educator and Jeff Coulter, Extension agronomist

Reviewed in 2018

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