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Grassland Soil Compaction Farming Note

Compacted soil can result in reduced plant growth and crop yield, impeded drainage and increased soil erosion. Forage grown in compacted soil can also have a reduced mineral uptake leading to dietary imbalances when fed. In comparison, maintaining a healthy soil structure will both benefit the health of livestock and increase forage productivity.

This Farming Note covers:

  • Factors that affect compaction
  • Causes of compaction
  • Livestock and vehicle pressure
  • Good practice and remediation

Issued September 2010.

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