Agricultural Considerations

The soil is the most important agricultural resource when growing a healthy and profitable crop. Preventing soil compaction maintains water infiltration and storage capacity, timeliness of field operations, decrease the stress on plant roots and decrease diseases potential.

Soil compaction directly affects soil functions related to the productivity of soils, plant growth and yield capacity. In most cases, the roots are unable to penetrate excessively compacted soil and are unable to fully use moisture and nutrients limiting plan growth.

Minimal Impact Access Matting for agricultural soil compaction by Midwest Access Solutions

Matting Prevents Soil Compaction

Access mats provide protection of soils and crops on private and public land during construction phases on a project. Matting protects against soil degradation such as soil compaction, rutting, and erosion. Equipment traffic and heavy machinery operation compact the soil and intensify loss of porosity. Water saturated soils are more susceptible to compaction as seen by the rutting and displacement from the weight of heavy machinery and vehicles. Use of matting to access, travel and work on agricultural land can prevent soil compaction because the downward load force of the equipment, supplies and traffic loads are spread over a larger area.

 Access matting also provides a safe and stable platform for foundation and line crews to safely and easily travel and work from the matted access roads and work platforms.

Soil Compaction Effect on Agriculture and Cropland

  • Negative impact on water and air storage capacity
  • Soil aggregates are pressed closer together
  • Reduced pore volume, less space for air and water and the infiltration of air and water and nutrients to the plant
  • Reduced potassium uptake – Can cause nitrogen deficiency
  • Water may remain on the soil surface longer, especially in depressions and wheel tracks

Temporary matting for roads, access and work sites minimizes soil compaction and are removed when the project’s done. Whether access is required due to poor site conditions, private land requirements or sensitive areas, Midwest Access Solutions has the products, expertise and experience to implement solutions that save money and save the environment.

Matting is a crucial environmentally-friendly solution regardless of the industry or which project stage and provides an affordable method of keeping a project on track.

Midwest Matting Solutions can help reduce soil restoration costs, land usage fees and property damage costs, as well as lower crop loss and productivity payout.

Reducing cropland soil compaction with access matting by Midwest Access Solutions.

Access mats offer drain tile protection reducing site to site contamination | Midwest Access Solutions

The use of Mats Offers Drain Tile Protection and More

  • Prevent Drain Tiles Fractures
  • Prevents Irrigation Ditch Interruption
  • Water Drainage Interference
  • Erosion
  • Site to Site Contamination

Every field is unique and drainage depends on topography, crops that will be grown on the field and soil type. Every soil type has different properties that affect its drainage. Properly placed matting products can assure minimal change in the the natural water flow and drainage while minimizing the likelihood of damage to existing drain tiles, irrigation and run-off ditches and all water crossings.

Water crossing mats prevent cross contamination | Midwest Access Solutions
The use of matting can also prevent cross contamination caused by the transfer of microorganisms from one area to another.