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Posted 10/17/2020 05:23 (#8549739 - in reply to #8548754)
Subject: RE: Tram line maintenance

Dayton, IA
I thought tram lines were going to be the way to go but started having issues like you are having after a few years. Several wet years and I was getting ruts so I have just abandoned tram lines. I talked to a prominent no-tiller who has been doing tram lines for a long time and he said it just became too much of an issue to try to fill in ruts, you pull soil over and end up with a wider depression. He said his best option was to keep his equipment set up to not compact as much as possible but not worry about tram lines. Any time he does something where direction doesn't matter (drilling beans, drilling cover crop) he will put an angle to help move a little dirt across the main direction of the rows. He said just use the soil structure (from no-till and cover crops) to your advantage and he had better luck that way.

I didn't help you with your problem. I would be interested in your take on tram lines and no-tilling that far north of me.

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