I built a rubber tire (truck tire) packer to use behind the grain drill, and made it so I could add water for extra weight. That was before field rollers. Rollers are made of thick steel (up to 5/8 inch wall), some maybe over 3 ft diameter, so no added weight. Heavy ones can easily run 35 grand or more, depending on width. They do an excellent job of pushing down rock so the flex bean header cuts way closer at harvest time. My renter tried rolling some corn fields before planting- normally bean fields are rolled after planting. If beans are just emerging, only a bit of damage is done. But it's always a judgment call when done that late. Heck, we've tiled (tile plow, not trencher) when beans were coming through, and saw almost no damage. dboll mentions erosion....yes, it can happen, (had it years ago behind a Brillion seeder), we had heavy rains in June and saw some erosion, but overall, I'll stay with the roller. I'm on relatively flat ground....rolling hills? that would have to be re-evaluated. Like everything else in farming...no one size, machine, practice, etc.- fits all.
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