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Agronomy Tip: Combating Crusting

“One of the issues we see pop up once in a while in fields is crusting,” Mike Sevey, Technical Sales Manager at The Mosaic Company, says.

Crusting isn’t typically a problem for farmers who practice conservation tillage, but for some farmers growing crops like sugar beets or edible dried beans, it can be. The soil is worked hard and there isn’t much residue on the surface, so after a heavy rain dries off, a crust forms that can keep the crop from emerging.

“You have to give it a little bit of time and then you go out with a rotary hoe or something to very lightly crack that crust and that allows the little seedlings to pop through,” Sevey explains.

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