Understand the

Soil Compaction

Soil Compaction

Soil is the basis of any crop and the greatest asset of the producer. Soil life demands specific and continuous care to remain healthy and thus allow maximum productive capacity.

One of the problems that affect the development of the crop and that is hidden from the eyes of those who evaluate visually, is the soil compaction. Several factors contribute to the densication of the soil, such as the traffic of heavy machinery and implements, especially in activities with very humid soil. In areas with the presence of animals, continuous trampling also represents considerable pressure and can cause soil compaction.

In addition to soil fertility, physical condition must be monitored to allow good root development and water storage. Forming a good soil profile to sustain high productivity can be a long work, but very important for those who want to produce more and with stability.

Preserve the value of the soil.


Low productivity

Poor crop quality

Reduces water inltration

Causes leaching on the surface, soil erosion and reduced water storage in the soil

Lower aeration capacity

Facilitating the occurrence of diseases

Creates resistance to root penetration

Preventing plant development due to reduced nutrition capacity, resulting in productivity losses of up to 60%

Susceptibility to root diseases

A weakened plant suers a greater impact from diseases that attack the root system

Less survivability

In situations of water stress, the plant suers and even interrupts the development process

Compacted Soil

Uncompacted Soil


High performance growth

With direct effects on productivity

Water inltration without hurdles

Unimpeded water permeability of the soil provides greater water holding capacity

Full root development

The penetration of the plant's roots occurs without physical impediments, providing optimal root development for each plant species

Healthy crop, superior productivity

A plant with well-developed roots is healthier and persists more easily in the event of phytopathologies

Resistance even in the event of water stress

In situations of water stress, greater availability of water in the soil and a well-developed root system allow the plant to withstand longer periods of drought

Soil Compaction Measurement

The 3 Dimensions of Compaction

To understand and be able to act on compaction, it is needed a complete characterization in 3 dimensions

Location Which areas of the eld suer from compaction and which do not.

Intensity What is the degree of compaction? Can I tackle the problem with cover crops and rotation or need a mechanical intervention?

Depth For plants and soil structure, a compacted layer at 20 cm or 35 cm is very dierent.

The Accurate Diagnosis

With the precise diagnosis of where and at what depth the soil compaction is presented, actions to correct the soil profile can be carried out with precision and economy of resources, as it allows intervention according to the need, generating cost savings. In addition to the accuracy of where to make the correction, the result may indicate less drastic and more sustainable interventions, such as crop rotation and use of cover crops that have strong root development.

Whatever the cause of compaction, penetroLOG is the tool that accurately informs you where the problem is, allowing you to make a decision for a tailored solution for the situation, avoiding excessive costs and field operations that are aggressive to the soil.

Know the soil.

And now,How to measure?

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