Determining soil texture using the ribboning technique


Soil texture refers to how coarse or fine a soil is: that is, how much sand, silt and clay it contains. Texture has a major influence on how much water a soil can hold. Generally, the smaller and finer the soil particles (the more silt and clay), the more water a soil can hold (but this water may not all be available to the crop).

Soil texture can be estimated by hand, using the ribboning technique, but it takes practice to produce a consistent result.


Primefact 1363 First Edition

Published: Dec 2014