Management to Minimize and Reduce Soil Compaction

Published 2009

Nature has built-in processes that reduce soil compaction, including cycles of wetting and drying, freezing and thawing, as well as plant growth and microbial activity. In the last 30 to 40 years, farming practices have changed drastically, creating situations where natural rejuvenation of the soil environment by wet-dry and freeze-thaw cycles is inadequate to maintain optimum conditions for crops. Performing field operations on wet soils, using multiple field operations for crop production, eliminating perennial crops from crop rotations, and using heavy equipment contribute to more extensive and deeper compaction.

Soil compaction problems can be reduced or eliminated through use of proper management practices.

Publication Details


Charles S. Wortmann

Paul J. Jasa



Soil Management

Publication Date January 01, 1989
Last Revision Date October 12, 2009
Language English


Series NebGuide