Soil Compaction is a decrease in soil volume and porosity, or increase in soil bulk density typically due to mechanical stress or caused naturally. Field traffic by machinery is a primary contributor to soil compaction today due to excessive machine/implement loading on the soil. Soil structure along with soil conditions (wet vs.
The Ohio State University Digital Ag Program is committed to completing research and extension activities regarding soil compaction. The program has a strong focus on researching pinch row compaction from planters (tracked vs.
Identify: Recognizing Signs of Compaction
- Identifying and Managing Soil Compaction in Field Crop Production (University of Wisconsin Extension)
- Soil Compaction and What You Can Do About It (2016, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
- Soil Compaction in Agricultural Production (2018, DuPont Pioneer)
Evaluate: Quantifying the Impact of Compaction
- Effects of Soil Compaction (2005, Penn State Extension)
- Soil Compaction (2018, University of Minneota Extension)
Prevent: Stopping Compaction Before It Occurs
- Avoiding Soil Compaction (2005, Penn State Extension)
- Appreciate Dry Soil Conditions to Avoid Compaction and Correct Its Effects (2014, Penn State Extension)
- Soil Compaction Dangers (2014, Penn State Extension
- Sponsored: Is TrackTill a Viable Way to Combat Pinch Row Compaction?
(2016, Beck's Hybrids )
- How to Minimize Soil Compaction During Harvest (2016, Nebraska Extension in Burt County)
eFieldsSoybean Pinch Row Study (2018, Ohio State University Digital Ag) eFieldsCorn Pinch Row Study (2018, Ohio State University Digital Ag)
- How to Minimize Soil Compaction During Harvest (2018, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)
- Avoiding Compaction (2018, Ohio State University Extension)
- Preventing Sidewall Compaction (2018, Penn State Extension)
Manage: Handling Compaction After It Occurs
- Agricultural Soil Compaction: Causes and Management (2010, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development)
- Soil Compaction Management at Harvest Time (2011, Ohio State University Extension)
- Soil compaction management at harvest (2016, University of Minnesota Extension)
- Agronomy Management: How to manage each of the three main types of compaction in your fields (2016, Grainews: Ross McKenzie)
- Soil compaction: What can you do?
(2018, University of Minnesota Extension)
- Soil compaction and ruts: What can you do?
(2019, University of Minnesota Extension)
General Soil Compaction Resources