Soil compaction affects root growth and disrupts the activity of soil microfauna and microorganisms, resulting in yield loss. With the more intensive use of heavy machines in agriculture and forestry, the risk of soil compaction is increasing.
In this project, Ephesia put his skills in spatial statistics at the service of the Walloon Region to produce a map of the soil sensitivity to compaction.
In collaboration with Gembloux AgroBioTech, a conceptual model including all the available data and appropriate pedotransfer functions was set up. Maps can easily be updated with new data.