Final report - SRDC project BSS142 : Economic cost of soil compaction
This project was developed as a result of a study tour undertaken by Dr Braunack (Braunack, 1994) where the concept of the degree of compactness was thought to be applicable to the Australian sugar industry.The overall aim of the project was to assess the economic cost of soil compaction and the benefits from reducing soil compaction for the Australian sugar industry.Objectives for the project were: 1: Adapt a Scandinavian model to determine the effect of soil compaction on crop yield for the Australian sugar industry. 2: Relate crop response to degree of compactness by examining current and previous trials on soil compaction. 3: Estimate the economic value of reducing soil compaction. 4: Provide software and preliminary training to extension officers. 5: Subject to the successful completion of this project, apply for further funding to support a planned extension program.