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Pasture yield and soil physical property responses to soil compaction from treading and grazing - a review

Drewry, John; Cameron, K.C.; Buchan, G.D.


This paper reviews animal treading and the associated effects on soil physical properties and pasture productivity from treading-induced soil compaction and pugging. Response curve relationships between soil physical properties (e.g. macroporosity, air-filled porosity, bulk density) and pasture and crop yield are reviewed. Optimum soil macroporosity for maximum pasture and crop yield ranges from 6 to 17% v/v, but there is a paucity of yield response curves for pastoral systems, particularly...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Soil Research
DOI: 10.1071/SR07125


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