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.
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
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.
The use of Mats Offers Drain Tile Protection and More
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.
The use of matting can also prevent cross contamination caused by the transfer of microorganisms from one area to another.