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Tools for Checking for Density Layers

January 7, 2012
By: Margy Eckelkamp, Director of Content Development, Machinery Pete

In episode 10 of Corn College TV season 2, Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer shows the tools you can use to identify density layers in your fields.

The available tools range from a tile probe, to a soil penetrometer, to a shovel.
“These tools can be used to find compaction layers or other changes in your soil profile’s density,” she says.
With a tile probe, you can push the point into the ground until you feel resistance. For a more technical measurement of the density change, a soil penetrometer will give a reading in PSI. Of course, a shovel is a great tool to do some digging and look at the soil profile.
Learn more in this episode of Corn College TV.

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