Economics of deep ripping

Published: 1 Mar 2024

High soil strength, resulting from factors such as compaction and hard setting, can significantly impede root penetration, therefore limiting access to moisture and nutrients at greater depths. Deep ripping involves the loosening of soil at depths beyond what traditional cultivation methods achieve.

This  approach holds the potential to enhance yields, particularly in compacted sandy soil conditions. It is important to note that deep ripping demands substantial investment, and its effectiveness can vary considerably based on factors such as site-specific conditions and seasonal variations.

The fact sheet 'Economics of deep ripping' provides growers and their advisers guidance on evaluating the economic viability of deep ripping, using farm-specific data. The approach outlined shows how customise to decision-making about deep ripping to align with the specific and relevant local conditions and context.

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