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Take the weight of the world off your fields

Date: 
Wed, 08/24/2016

Steps can be taken to measure the impact of soil compaction and, more importantly, avoid it in the first place.

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By Abby Bauer, Hoard’s Dairyman Associate Editor

Bigger tractors and heavier machinery allow crop growers to cover more ground in a shorter period of time, enhancing productivity. Unfortunately, they can also leave a less than desirable impact on soil health in the form of compaction if not used carefully.

Soil is a three-phase system comprised of solid, liquid and gas. In between the soil particles is pore space, and the amount of pore space is known as soil porosity. This pore space is important for the gas exchange that gets oxygen to roots for respiration needed for nutrient uptake. It also helps ventilate carbon dioxide from the soil. Read more

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