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Agronomy Tip: Identify Compaction in Corn

Andrew Phillips, Channel Seedsman, recommends getting out into the fields and digging in to the soil to understand how compaction may be affecting your crops.

“I like to look at the roots because roots tell me what (issues) the plants are going to have and their ability to perform,” he says.

In your fields, dig up a corn stalk and keep the roots and soil intact as much as you can. If the soil breaks up easily, that is a sign of little compaction. The roots should be white, indicating good health. If you can still see the furrow on either side of the root system, the plant is struggling with compacted soil.

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