Compaction occurs when heavy equipment is operated in a field and is most destructive to the soil when harvesting during wet conditions. Soil compaction can cause reduced water infiltration and impedes root development of future crops. 80% of the damage that a grain cart does is in the first pass and if additional passes are made on the same traffic lanes, little additional compaction occurs. This tells us we need to operate the tractor/ grain cart on the same pass as much as possible.

By using Pipe Ag’s compaction map, you can control your compaction and traffic patterns by knowing how much weight was on the grain cart and the location-based paths that were taken in real time. Pipe Ag’s compaction map can help operators to make intuitive decisions in the field during harvest. By controlling the traffic in the field, operators can improve soil load bearing and traction while minimizing a potential yield reduction that can be caused by compaction. This allows you to better manage the compaction. The weight based compaction map can also be used for variable rate tillage after harvest!

Everyone believes their grain cart map looks like this:

In actuality, corn harvest looks more like this: