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Avoid Traffic on Wet Fields

If you have any option at all, stay off your soil when it’s wet.

A University of Minnesota research study conducted in Lamberton, Minnesota, tested 10- and 20-ton axle loads on wet and dry soil. When the soil was dry, most of the compaction was within the top foot of the soil. With wet conditions, the 20-ton axle load compacted the soil from 18 to 24 inches deep.

Symptoms of compaction that lead to yield loss

  • Ponded water
  • Surface crusting
  • Uneven planting depth
  • Increased seedling diseases
  • Decreased root and plant growth
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Equipment wear and tear
  • Increased erosion

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