How to texture soils and test for salinity


Testing a soil sample is a reliable way to assess how salts are affecting plant growth. Even though it is quicker and easier to test water samples, a soil salinity test shows the soil conditions around plant roots, taking into account the influence of soil texture.

Identifying current soil salinity conditions and recording salinity trends will help you recognise and predict soil salinity problems, and help you make sound land management decisions. This documents explains the steps involved.


Factsheet Number 8 ISSN 1 325-4448

Published: Oct 2000