If You Have Liquid Manure, You May be at Risk!
    Large manure tankers, combines, and full grain buggies are the leading cause of sub-soil compaction. This type of compaction can have long term effects on plant growth and yields. It also would effect water availability, N and K uptake, delayed planting and other field operations due to colder and wetter soils. Preventing soil compaction is far better and easier then to fix the problem when it occurs. Staying off the fields when they are wet (easier said then done) is the easiest way to avoid compaction. If that isnít an option, keeping loads under 5 ton per axle and using wide tires with low air pressure is a good way to reduce the pressure on the soil and eliminate the chance of sub soil compaction. Carrying heavy loads down the same tracks is a good way to reduce compaction as 80% of soil compaction happens the first time over.
    A drag hose system for spreading manure will be your best option because there is very little ground compaction. There is a company Timmermans Irrigation who has been using drag hoses for over 15 years. Field mapping and auto steer guidance allows them to be very fast, professional and accurate when it comes to dealing with their clients. For your best possible service call Timmermans Irrigation at (519) 247-3449.

For more information on compaction:
• 9 tips on managing soil compaction
• Soil Compaction Causes, Effects and Control
• Soil Compaction and Drainage