How to Prevent Soil Loss in Your Field

May 23, 2019

Farming is a constant struggle against nature and it’s elements to produce the best crops possible. The fight to take on soil erosion may seem like an uphill battle, but there are ways for growers to identify and control the loss of ground due to causes like wind, water, and tillage. Farmers can take advantage of a variety of methods to keep fields in great shape for future growing seasons, and ProTrakker Implement Guidance Systems ensure they get the most out of soil-saving practices.

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Identifying Signs of Erosion

Fields having issues with erosion give away telltale signs through physical earth displacement and effects on plant performance. In the case of heavy precipitation, channels and gullies are created, washing away topsoil and key nutrients. These water-worn ravines can deposit soil in fence lines, other land, and/or any low lying areas, suggesting poor surface drainage. If crops are showing symptoms of lower yields and decreasing root depth, it could be an indication of declining nutrient levels due to runoff.

Controlling Soil Erosion

Even though growers are at the mercy of weather-related events, steps can be taken to lessen the amount of runoff from wind and rain. Making changes in agricultural practices helps address erosion brought on by them. The benefits of taking action directly boost an operation’s bottom line.

Strategies for reducing soil include:

1. No-Till Farming

Using no-till farming increases the topsoil’s resistance to runoff. By leaving the ground undisturbed, the leftover crop remnants allow rain to filter into the land. Using implement guidance in all farming practices, including no-till, makes you more accurate and precise, saving you time and money.

2. Cover Crops

Cover crops are a straight-forward control method that doesn’t require significant alterations to the field or involve taking land out of production. In late winter, planting small grains and legumes may protect the ground from deterioration after the growing season. The end goal of this technique is to keep topsoil blanketed by vegetation or residue, keeping it in place.

3. Permanent Solutions

Take on erosion problems in rough terrain by implementing more permanent solutions. Growers that use terrace farming reduce a slope’s length and steepness to slow water as it travels downhill, preventing the formation of gullies and channels. If certain areas of a field washout regularly, plant grass in those spots. Grass waterways provide a stable outlet for water to flow. Whether you’re trying to hit a strip or stay off your crops, hills, slopes, and rough terrain can make farming tough. ProTrakker has models of hitches designed for you in mind, perfect for every terrain for hitting the strips, cultivating, spraying, side-dressing and more. Making these changes in your fields can give long-term benefits including yield boosts and healthier crops.

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