Agronomy Tip: Identify and Manage Compaction for Spring 2020

Once compaction occurs in the field, it is difficult to eliminate it without deep tillage, but it’s also important to consider ways to prevent compaction in the future.

Jason Haegele, Agronomy Manager with WinField United says, “Several clues can help identify areas of compaction in fields. These include root digs from earlier in the year where one might have observed limited root growth due to compaction layers, in-season NDVI imagery, and tools like penetrometers.”

To manage that compaction, consider changing equipment, using cover crops, and minimizing traffic patterns within the fields.

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