Soil Erosion Control
Erosion represents a loss of productive topsoil due to wind and water. The concern is accelerated erosion of soil that is not well protected. Organic matter and fertile topsoil are lost, in turn affecting water infiltration and evaporation. Ultimately, erosion can decrease crop yields and profitability.
When carried into surface and groundwater, the eroded sediments and sediment-bound nutrients and chemicals can affect water quality.
Soil compaction affects aeration, drainage, and the ability of plant roots and tillage implements to penetrate soil. It can also indirectly increase erosion by making soils more prone to runoff. Read more:
- Soil Compaction (PDF, 1.1 MB)