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Spring harrowing?

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Does anybody harrow in the spring prior to seeding in a no till system?

The reason I ask is because I see other farmers doing it in the fall
And I can see a benefit to their crops by better emergence

But... Their fields didn't seem to catch the snow as a non harrowed field.
Since soil moisture is everything, doesn't it make sense to harrow after
The winter? Also could you use a light harrow doing it since it's been bio degrading all winter, which would cost less than heavy harrowing as well?

Any thoughts? Other pros or cons?
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I think the heavy harrow shines on a nice hot day behind the combine for straw management. We just harrow in front of drill in spring if we are forced to due to flood conditions. Vertical tillage would be better but how much junk can a guy buy?
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