Across Regions, Cultivation/Production

How soil type affects nutrient readings and management

All healthy soils have similar qualities, like good drainage and a sufficient nutrient supply. But improving the health of your soil is much easier if you know and understand your soil type; it affects how farmers measure and manage the nutrients in the ground. Soil type is determined by two factors: soil texture (whether the soil’s particles are mostly sand, silt, clay, or a mixture of at least two of the three, which is labeled on a gradient and called loam or loamy) and soil structure (the shape the soil particles take when bound together). Each soil type presents different benefits and drawbacks. In fact, everything from porosity to aeration varies according to soil type, so knowing yours is key to your farm’s overall productivity and provides a clue as to the type of readings you’ll get about your soil and the sorts of actions to take based on those readings. Read more

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