But they think the trip is worthwhile because in wet years it lets them start planting sooner the first time and after each rain.
Last spring, he says they struggled getting the downpressure system to function properly.
Agronomic practices are constantly changing, and at a faster pace now than ever.
In extremely wet fields, they leave the strips to dry out for a day or two before planting.
He prefers to build strips in late fall, or even early winter, and wants at least a 2-week buffer before planting to reduce any potential burn from anhydrous ammonia application.
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With this setup we can hit the field when the soil is still tacky.
The first step is crunching numbers.