Soil Compaction results in:

  • restricted root growth, which reduces the uptake of water and nutrients by plants and consequently plant growth/yields;
  • decreases soil pore sizes, this affected the water holding capacity of the soil and the activity levels of soil microorganisms leading to decreasing rates of soil organic matter decomposition and hence the availability of nutrients for uptake by plants; and
  • decreases infiltration rates, thus increasing the likelihood of run-off and the erosion and causes surface ponding.



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