11-29-2011 08:58 AM
Saw some info yesterday about the costs associated with ruts in your field. Basically, just based on the latest custom farming rates, it could cost you $15/acre to smooth out ruts and avoid future damage:
"So if 25% of a field were rutted and production in those areas reduced by 10%, that would mean a 2.5% yield loss," one expert says. "At 200 bushels/acre and corn at $6.00/bushel, that would be $30 lost/acre. So perhaps $50 cost per acre for rutting is not unrealistic."
Do you have any issues with ruts this year? If so, have you had time to smooth them out this fall or are you waiting until spring?