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Confident identification of soil compaction to restrict crop or pasture growth uses diagnosis combining visual symptoms of plant, root and soil features.
All surface and subsurface soils can be compacted; some more easily than others.
The use of no-till crop establishment practice is essential for farming raised beds. Cultivation is likely to degrade the bed and furrow construction.
Stubble management on raised beds should specifically be focussed on reducing the build-up of stubble in the furrows.
The costs of installing a system of raised beds should be recovered through a cropping program.
The machinery needed to crop raised beds requires only one additional, specialised implement—a bedformer, which also converts to a bed-renovator.