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Soil degradation risk indicator: Soil compaction component

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Title: Soil degradation risk indicator: Soil compaction component
Author: McBride, R. A.; Watson, G. C.; Wall, G.
Abstract: The Agri-Environmental Indicator Project aims to develop a core set of regionally-sensitive national indicators that build on and enhance the information base currently available on environmental conditions and trends related to primary agriculture in Canada. The feasibility study on the soil compaction risk component of the Soil Degradation Risk indicator is an important part of the agri-environmental indicator set. The primary objective of this feasibility study was to develop and test criteria for provincial-level soil compaction risk assessment using the Soil Landscapes of Canada database, where the available soil data are very limited (e.g., soil texture, organic C content and dry bulk density). The specific objectives are: 1. to determine the present state of over-consolidation (due to natural and/or anthropogenic causes) in agricultural soils in pre-defined areas of eastern Canada, 2. to estimate the maximum allowable wheel loadings on these soils before significant additional compaction will occur, 3. to evaluate the risk of further soil compaction damage based on the findings under Objectives 1 and 2, in conjunction with land use patterns (1991 Census of Agriculture) contained in the Soil Landscapes of Canada database.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/13952
Date: 1997
Rights: In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted
Rights Holder: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


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