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Effect of Previous Crop Roots on Soil Compaction in 2 Year Rotations Under a No-Tillage System

Soil compaction is a form of degradation affecting future global food security and continues to be a problem for farmers in many parts of the world. Over the past few decades, management practices and field activities as well as wheel traffic from various heavy farm machinery have led to an increase in soil compaction, prompting global concerns on soil quality, hydrological properties, and crop production. In this study, it was hypothesized that cover crops and cool-season oilseed crops with different root systems would have a potential to alleviate soil compaction in agricultural lands.

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