Soils in Iowa remain generally wet because of the nearly daily rainfall since early May. The wet weather presents several challenges to accomplishing fieldwork. Whether it is planting beans (or replanting corn), cultivating, or rotary hoeing, there have been few opportunities to date. But before rushing out to the field on the first few days of dry weather, you need to do a risk assessment of working the ground. When soil moisture is at or exceeds field capacity, there is an increased potential for soil compaction, particularly at topsoil depths.
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Al-Kaisi, Mahdi, "Wet soils vulnerable to compaction" (2001). Integrated Crop Management News. 1971.
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