Soil compaction can be a serious concern in moist soils, especially this spring when getting ready to start fieldwork. Compaction has become a problem in recent years due to an increase of field equipment size and weight. Damage to soil structure occurs when working too moist of soil. Compaction can negatively impact plant growth and development, and may ultimately reduce yield potential. Reducing the potential for compaction this spring can help avoid/prevent the negative impact of soil compaction on crops during the growing season.
Archive for month: January, 2011
Nutrients are required for water transport and photosynthesis processes, and protein and oil production in the plant. Nutrient deficiencies are one of the causes of leaf discoloration and/or chlorosis that might be observed in a soybean field and can decrease plant growth and reduce yield potential. It is beneficial to understand the function of a nutrient and identify deficiency symptoms to know when to apply corrective steps. Diagnoses from visible symptoms should be confirmed with results from soil tests and plant tissue analysis in some cases.