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Ponding on Delta soils not a good sign

Ponding can be an indication of a compaction layer preventing water from penetrating deeper into the soil for use by crops in the growing season

This time of year it’s not unusual to see fields with standing water across much of the Mid-South. Many are flooded for ducks, but many others are simply holding water in the top 4 inches of the soil profile.

Such ponding can be an indication of a compaction layer preventing water from penetrating deeper into the soil for use by crops in the growing season, according to Rachel Stout Evans, USDA-NRCS soil scientist with Soil Survey Region 7.

Evans discussed those problems in a presentation for the Arkansas Soil & Water Education Conference, which was attended by about 500 persons in the First National Bank Center at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., in late January.

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