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The purpose of this worksheet is to give you a simple, easy-to-use method for assessing the traffic-induced soil compaction risk posed by your field equipment. You can use the worksheet to evaluate compaction risk for any rig (tractor and towed implement, tractor and integral hitch implement, truck, self-propelled implement, and so forth). You can assess compaction risk by calculating or estimating the following three key values for each rig:
Download the Farm Equipment Soil Compaction Assessment Worksheet . Once you’ve used the worksheet to calculate these values, you can use the information two ways to help you manage compaction risk on your farm:
More information about the effects of soil compaction and how to avoid it is available in the fact sheets Effects of Soil Compactionand Avoiding Soil Compaction.
Prepared by Sjoerd Duiker, associate professor of soil management, Penn State, and Chris Lawrence, USDA-NRCS state agronomist, Virginia.