Soil Compaction

Soil Compaction case study

Growers can use TerrAvion imagery to help identify soil issues in their fields, including compaction. Excessive soil compaction restricts soil’s ability to hold and conduct water, nutrients, and air essential for plant growth. In this example, the field has a serious soil compaction problem, which shows up as areas of very low vigor in the July 5th NDVI imagery. In the top half of this pivot, the grower ran a disc through standing rye and then planted, which helped to alleviate the compaction problem. In the bottom half of the pivot, he no-till planted into the rye and the plants did not grow as well. Unfortunately, this grower did not monitor his early season imagery and by the time it was detected, this issue was beyond repair  

7/5/17 NDVI imagery
Drone imagery

Use TerrAvion aerial imagery to identify and quantify soil issues, including compaction, and to Make informed decisions regarding potential remedial measures

1. Review imagery from previous season

      a. Look for low vigor areas that show signs of water stress   

      b. Monitor areas of high equipment traffic

      c. Focus on these areas as potential soil compaction zones

2. Reference USDA SURRGO soil map feature in OverView to identify soil types prone to compaction

3. Direct scouting efforts to areas that show signs of soil compaction

4. Conduct traditional soil compaction sampling

5. If soil compaction detected, consult with your agronomist about employing an aggressive tilling plan in the off-season


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