Digging into the Science of Soil Compaction: How to Prevent, Detect and Alleviate Soil Compaction

View the impact that compaction has beneath the surface in a soil pit and discover ways to minimize compaction problems using modern farming practices. Francisco Arriaga, assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin‒Madison’s Department of Soil Science, will discuss how soil compaction affects soil properties and crop production, and how to alleviate soil compaction with tillage and other methods. He’ll explain methods for detecting soil compaction and ways to avoid compaction from occurring in the first place. Arriaga’s research supports the development of management systems that promote crop productivity as well as soil and water conservation. 

Francisco J. Arriaga

Assistant Professor
Applied soil physics, soil and water management, soil conservation.
UW-Madison, Department of Soil Science
1525 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1299, USA
Office: 55A Soil Science
Phone: 608-263-3913
Fax: 608-265-2595
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Francisco J. Arriaga is an assistant professor and Extension soil scientist in the area of soil and water management at the University of Wisconsin (UW)‒Madison. His interests include the impact of soil management practices on crop productivity, soil health, water quality and overall economic and environmental sustainability. He holds a B.S. in soil science from the University of Puerto Rico‒Mayagüez (“maja’ywes”), an M.S. in agronomy and soil science from Auburn University, and a Ph.D. in soil science in applied soil physics from UW‒Madison. Prior to joining UW‒Madison in 2012, he worked as a research soil scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service for 10 years on issues related to tillage, cover crops and soil quality. He serves as associate editor for the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation and is the author/co-author of over 47 scientific publications.