Improving soil moisture


Moisture is a key limitation on the productivity of soil. Three main factors affect soil moisture content:

  • how well the soil can absorb water
  • how well the  soil can store moisture
  • how quickly the water is lost or used

Although these factors are strongly determined by the proportions of clay, sand and silt, good soil management also plays a critical role.

This Agnote discusses the following aspects of soil moisture:

  • infiltration rate
  • moisture storage
  • moisture loss
  • moisture use


Agnote DPI – 494 First Edition

Published: Aug 2004