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A handbook focussing on the practical techniques needed to effectively assess soil structure. Taking time to look at soil structure - the arrangement of soil particles in the soil - is essential for profitable farming, soil health and the environment. The handbook gives guidance on:
preparing a hole for examination
preparing a section of soil to be examined
looking at pores and fissures
looking at structural units
looking at shape, size and colour of soil structural units
assessing the packing density of soil
using plant and root growth as an indicator of soil structure