Soil Texture and Soil Structure. Soil texture and soil structure are both unique properties of the soil that will have a profound effect on the behavior of soils, such as water holding capacity, nutrient retention and supply, drainage, and nutrient leaching.. In soil fertility, coarser soils generally have a lesser ability to hold and retain nutrients than finer soils.
Principles of classification according to the WRB 77 Step 1 79 Step 2 79 Step 3 79 Step 4 79 Principles and use of the qualifiers in the WRB 80 Checklist of WRB diagnostic horizons, properties and materials 81 Appending texture and parent material information to the reference soil group 82
Soil texture is a classification instrument used both in the field and laboratory to determine soil classes based on their physical texture. Soil texture can be determined using qualitative methods such as texture by feel, and quantitative methods such as the hydrometer method. Soil texture has agricultural applications such as determining crop suitability and to predict the response of the soil to environmental and management conditions such as drought or calcium requirements. Soil texture
soil properties Soil Texture Classification: Soil separate equivalent diameter size (mm) gravel > 2 mm Sand 0.05 - 2 mm very coarse 1 - 2 mm coarse 0.5 - 1 mm medium 0.25 - 0.5 mm fine 0.1 - 0.25 mm very fine 0.05 - 0.1 mm Silt 0.002 - 0.05 mm Clay < 0.002 mm (< 2 micrometer) J How to measure soil particle size ??? 1. Mechanical sieving, if size > 0.05 mm 2.