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grassland soil compaction

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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