For a wet fall, you’ll need not only patience but luck, says Jack. And “there will be lots of ruts. In the springtime, you have to get the ground turned over. Do whatever it takes, push the limits.”

In the fall of 2012, “we pretty much took an old three-point hitch chisel plow, put it on a big tractor and then drove across the field as fast as we could. We dropped the plow when we could. We just wanted the ground turned over. The sun was shining, the wind was blowing.”

If possible, go across the field once in the morning and come across it again in the afternoon. “Next thing you know, the ruts are being filled in and the ground is drying out.

“Use your old cultivators when doing this. You could tear something up.

“If it’s about to rain and you have fist-sized clods, go get your Great Plains harrow and drag it across the field and try to smooth it off as best you can.”

If rains are going to hold up for a couple of days, “go get your hipper and row it up. Then use a roller to pack the rows down.

“Basically, you’re taking mud and making it into little pellets of dirt. Squeeze all that together and, with just a little rain, there will be enough moisture to germinate your soybeans.”