It’s Cheaper to Avoid Soil Hardpan Than to Fix It

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Last fall, again, we were faced with a challenging proposition to harvest corn and soybeans without rutting up the fields.

Now that the winter temperatures are warm it has also been hard to get into the field to spread manure without causing soil compaction.

The basics of soil compaction management are in order of importance: 1) help your soil resist and bounce back from compaction; 2) avoid causing compaction; 3) remediate compaction only if needed.

You can make soil resist compaction by practicing no-tillage for the long haul. No-till soil has a unique architecture with firm aggregates interspersed with macropores.

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