Examining soil structure
How to dig a hole and examine soil condition.
Ref: LIT 5835 PDF, 2.51MB, 32 pages
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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