Got rained off when rolling a field of newly drilled winter wheat and it never got finished. Took this 3 weeks later slugs have hammered it where it hadn’t been rolled. Won’t make that mistake again!
Yes. Surprised rapid didn’t firm it enough.Had the same this year in 2 fields, rained off while rolling (2 sets of rolls going). Noticeable difference for 3-4 weeks but you can’t see any difference now between the rolled/unrolled bit in either field.
It was all drilled with a Rapid so the wheels will have rolled it a bit anyway
Rolling makes it easier for weeds to grow tooI don't think enough rolling is done. Done right (and with a reasonable season in front of it) it works wonders.
I wish more people would roll their stubbles where they are harrowing or otherwise tilling them. Get a far better weed chit and it firms the surface up making it less hospitable for slugs.
Would do it after drilling for most crops where it was possible. Makes it harder for slugs and birds to get at the seed. Makes it better for soil acting chemistry. Evens up emergence.
It can be done in the spring I agree but not always- depends on the spring and your ground.