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.
In clear terms, soil texture can be said to be the relative degree of fineness or coarseness of particles of soil in a soil sample
So here is a little table of soil texture showing their degree of fineness
Soil sample fractions Range of diameter in (mm)
Coarse sand 2-0.2
Fine sand 0.2-0.02
Clay 0.002 and below
importance of soil texture to farming activities and agricultural production
When we talk of the importance of soil texture, we are simply saying is there any benefit of soil texture to a farmer
So the following are the various ways soil texture can be of benefit to a farmer
Soil texture can adversely affect the water retention capacity of the soil