June is a great time to assess patterns in a field and get to the root cause of any problems you see. Patchy areas, differences in maturity, height or colour could be any number of things — insect damage, disease, a nutrient deficiency or, and it’s often overlooked, a soil structure problem.
In this video, Mark Van Veen of Salford, demonstrates how to use a soil compaction meter to determine if poor looking areas may be suffering from water movement problems or hardpan. Van Veen then talks through the various ripper implements available to remedy the problem, the ideal time to use them and how to set them up for maximum shatter without mixing the lower levels of soil upwards.
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