Prevention strategies for field traffic-induced subsoil compaction: a review. Part 2. Equipment and field practices

  • Published source details Chamen T., Alakukku L., Pires S., Sommer C., Spoor G., Tijink F. & Weisskopf P. (2003) Prevention strategies for field traffic-induced subsoil compaction: a review. Part 2. Equipment and field practices. Soil and Tillage Research, 73, 161-174.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Control traffic and traffic timing

Action Link
Soil Fertility
  1. Control traffic and traffic timing

    A review of 37 studies covering countries in the European Union (Chamen et al. 2003) found that controlled traffic with precision guidance can avoid compacting soil in a cropped area. Changing tyre load and tyre inflation achieved reduced risk of compaction. Studies showed that compaction was reduced on-farm by avoiding working the soil in wet conditions, adjusting to out-of-furrow ploughing (i.e. not ploughing repeatedly along the same lines), confining the compaction to particular areas (such as tracks outside the cropping area), reduced loosening of topsoil and subsoil, and the use of equipment with low ground pressure.


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