Soil Structure & Compaction

Damage to soil structure reduces profit margins.

The structure is the how the particles bind together to form aggregates that allows:

  • Roots to anchor the plant
  • Water to drain through pores and cracks
  • Water retention
  • Air to roots for favourable gas exchange
  • Mineralisation of nutrients and release to crop roots
  • Biodiversity of microbes

Assessing your soil structure takes only a few minutes of your time, a spade and a copy of the Visual Evaluation of Soil Structure score sheet.

 

 

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