What are the causes of soil compaction?
Soil compaction is one of the most important factors that can affect soil health and reduce crop yields. In the early 1980s, Purdue University soil scientist Gary Steinhardt and Ohio State University Ag Engineer Randall Reeder were making farmers aware of the compaction problem and its effect on yield reduction. Compaction may be caused in many ways. We need to diagnose the reasons for compaction before corrective measures can be taken. Surface compaction can occur from the impact of rain drops or in the form of crusting due to excessive rains and ponding. It may also be caused by the impact of irrigation water.
• If the soil is left bare and is exposed to hard rains or irrigation water, the impact of water breaks down the larger soil aggregates and the granular structure of the soil on the surface are degraded, causing compaction.… Continue readingRead More »