How does Subsoil Compaction Occur?

What are the factors that cause subsoil compaction in healthy soil?

How Subsoil Compaction Can Occur

Sheep and Cows

1 Stocking Paddocks

Simply running livestock on your paddocks increases soil compaction and decreases beneficial soil micropores through the animal's weight applying pressure to the soil. Some livestock cause more compaction than others, and stocking a soggy paddock increases compaction drastically.

Baler in Operation

2 Machinery

This is why tyre pressures are so important when driving on productive ground. Ground pressure is heavily influenced by tyre pressures. You have control of how much compaction you are causing when working in your fields.

A point to note:

In certain conditions - such as areas that have seen excessive use of organic fertilisers or mud flats, a soil mineral imbalance can chemically cause compaction layers in the soil. This chemical imbalance needs to be fixed or the compaction will reoccur.


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The Effects of Subsoil Compaction

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