SOIL COMPACTION AND DEEP TILLAGE – A REVIEW

Article Id: ARCC1343 | Page : 105 - 112
Citation :- SOIL COMPACTION AND DEEP TILLAGE – A REVIEW.Agricultural Reviews.2010.(31):105 - 112
M. Mohamed Amanullah, M. Srikanth* and P. Muthukrishnan
Address : Department of Agronomy, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore- 641 003, India.

Abstract

Soil compaction of agricultural land is an important form of physical land degradation. The
continuous use of implements for years together develops a hard pan underneath which hinders
the movement of water and inhibits growth and yield of crops. Hard pan prevent roots of many
upland crops from penetrating into the deeper soil layer. Hence to break the soil compaction
and hard pan deep tillage plays a vital role. To sustain the crop production soil compaction
should be broken down. In deep tillage operation main factor is the soil type. Deep tillage will be
beneficial if soil compaction is diagnosed. Deep tillage breaks the hard pan and helps in sinking
down of the rainwater in the lower layer of soil from where it is not easily lost by evaporation and
aids to deeper rooting, which helps in better exploitation of stored soil moisture and applied
nutrients from the profile

Keywords

Soil compaction Deep tillage.

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