The Biology of Soil Compaction

The Biology of Soil Compaction

The Biology of Soil Compaction

Soil compaction is a common and constant problem on most farms that till the soil. Heavy farm machinery can create persistent subsoil compaction which can result in restricted root growth, poor root zone aeration, and poor drainage. 

This fact sheet, produced by NCR-SARE Graduate Student Grant recipient, James Hoorman, discusses how soil porosity, water infiltration, soil aeration, and soil structure increase under natural vegetation and no-till systems with continuous living cover.

Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) GNC08-093, Recycling Nutrients with Cover Crops to Decrease Hypoxia/Eutrophication while Promoting Sustainable Crop Production .

Product specs
Year: 2009
Length: 7 Pages
Author(s): James Hoorman, João Carlos de Moraes Sá, Randall Reeder
Location: North Central
How to order
Online Version (Free):
Download File (1.13 MB)

Only available online

This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.

Stay Informed

Seeking permission to cite SARE? SARE information is developed using federal grant funds and is available for educational, non-commercial uses. Read more.


From the Field