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Do precision drills lead to more compact soils?

We run a Borgault 3320 Paralink with Midrow banders and a 3/4 inch opener. I have been running a paralink for about 5 years now and have been noticing our soil becoming more compact. It has also been dry over these years so I'm sure that is not helping the case. The neighbours that are still using conventional c-shank drills don't seem to have the same compaction issues I have. With these precision drill and the narrow openers are we not moving enough dirt like a conventional c-shank with a 3 inch paired row? Is this leading to more compaction? I am thinking about going back to a c-shank even though I know the seed placement and emergence isn't as good but I am more worried about how hard our soil seems to be getting. Any one have any comments or theories on this?

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The amount of tillage from any seeding tool will be very insignificant when it comes to influencing compaction. Any independent drill is going to be better than a c-shank drill for seed placement though.

Something else is going on IMO.

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Think its more the dry years, usualy we sink our spryer out of sight with 320 tires on there last 2 years we load up a 4830 full of 28-0-0 and you dont notice a thing
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Are you on Solonetzic soils? Its too much to give up the seed placement and depth control and the stand in the years when it doesn't rain in spring to get a little soil stirring. I know on grey wooded soils I get a yield response to tillage in fall. I have been precision, back to c shank and now back to precision again. On cereal stubble I till because I get lousy crops the following year if I don't. And I can never go many consecutive years to build up the mulch layer because I carve big ruts every third year. But I feel your pain. In a dry spring they are great but in a wet spring I like the c shank for the soil.

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Is it the precision drill? Or is it the larger drills and tanks etc

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I though the old hoe drills over packed. When I had Johndeere 1890 I tried a 1830 with atom jet side band. I went and turned around with the 1830 where I seeded with 1890. You could see the furrows from the packers 1 1/2”deep
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