soil texture and it’s importance

soil texture and it’s importance. what is soil texture and it’s effect on crops production? Soil texture can be defined as the relative proportion of the soil particles present in a soil sample. check out soil profile here.
In clear terms, soil textures can be said to be the relative degree of fineness or coarseness of particles of soil in a soil sample  Each of the poil particle sizes in degree is called a fraction
So here is a little table of soil texture showing their degree of fineness
Soil sample fractions Range of diameter in (mm)Coarse sand 2-0.2Fine sand 0.2-0.02

Silt 0.02-0,002
Clay 0.002 and below

 

soil texture, land fragmentation and degradation

importance of soil texture  to farming activities and agricultural production

When we talk of the importance of soil textures, we are simply saying is there any benefit of soil textur to a farmer
So the following are the various ways soils texture can be of benefit to a farmer

1. Soil textures of a sample of soil determines the water holding capacity of the soil of the environment
2. The relative sizes of the soil particles making the soil texture helps in soil air movement
3. The soil textures of a portion of land or soil determines the plant root penetration
4. Soil textures can also affect the level of tillage ease of a portion of land 5. During harvesting of crops like cassava the soil texture determines the hardness of the soil thereby making it easy or hard to uproot
Soil textures can adversely affect the water retention capacity of the soil

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ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AFFECTING AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION
2. DISEASES
3. 52. SOIL MICRO-ORGANISMS
4. ORGANIC MANURING
5. FARM YARD MANURE

7. COMPOST
8. CROP ROTATION
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11. IRRIGATION SYSTEMS
12. ORGANIC MANURING
13. FARM YARD MANURE
14. HUMUS
15. COMPOST
16. CROP ROTATION

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