Soil Compaction

C.O.R.N. Newsletter Articles

  1. Heavy farm machinery compacts the soil, both on tilled ground and no-tilled ground. Compaction induced by agricultural machinery often affects soil properties and crop production. Axle load is the first factor that has to be considered in soil compaction, according to Randall Reeder, Ohio State University Emeriti and Dr. Sjoerd Duiker, Penn State Soil Specialist. Axle load is the total load supported by one axle, usually expressed in tons or pounds.

    Issue: 2018-08
  2. Combine with tracks
    Author(s): Elizabeth Hawkins , Author(s): Kaylee Port , Author(s): John Fulton

    Waiting for optimal field conditions may no longer be an option with harvest lagging behind the trending pace due to delayed planting and recent wet weather. Observation data from the CoCoRaHS network indicated weekend storms brought nearly 3 inches of rain to some areas bringing harvest to a halt in Ohio. Before rushing to resume harvest in marginal soil conditions, it is important to consider the consequences, namely; soil compaction.

     

    Issue: 2017-38
  3. Author(s): Mark Badertscher

    Dr. Steven Culman, Soil Fertility specialist at The Ohio State University will be the guest speaker at an event being held Tuesday, August 1 at Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative Community Room located at 1210 West Lima Street in Kenton.  The program will begin at 6:30 pm with a catered meal, followed by a presentation by Culman.  Dr.

    Issue: 2017-23
  4. Author(s): Anne Dorrance , Author(s): Laura Lindsey , Author(s): Peter Thomison , Author(s): Andy Michel , Author(s): Mark Loux

    Tillage is a tool for managing many things that can go wrong on a given field. It breaks compaction (if done at the right soil moisture), improves drainage (again if done at the right soil moisture), and manages inoculum loads from residue borne insects and pathogens that impact corn, soybean, and wheat. Just like pesticides and fertilizers – too much tillage also can bring another set of problems, a compacted plow layer, but more importantly, soil erosion. With any agronomic practice, including tillage, there are benefits and drawbacks.

    Issue: 2016-38
  5. Wheel traffic is a necessity for the production of alfalfa.  Regardless of the harvest method (green chopped or dry bales) producers must make decisions of when and how to drive equipment on alfalfa fields.  Early studies demonstrated that as much as 70% of the field area could be driven upon for each cutting/harvest performed.  Over time, the size of equipment to cut, rake, bale and remove hay from the field has change dramatically.  As well, the green chop equipment for baleage, silage or alfalfa mills has also changed.  Generally, equipment is larger today and thus carrying a greater gro

    Issue: 2016-04
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