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Alan Dale

Understanding Soil Compaction

Compaction limits root growth, soil porosity, water movement and water holding capacity, and causes water ponding. And everyone knows that soybeans don’t like wet feet. Growth will stall, and plants are vulnerable to root and stem rots. Unfortunately, compaction can be created quickly but it takes time to fully remediate a breakdown in soil structure so it’s better to prevent it from happening in the first place. Compaction Avoidance: There are several things we can do to avoid creating unnecessary compaction. They include: Avoid working soils when too wet Use the smallest equipment vehicle possible for the job Reduce [...]

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