Water and soils
Soil constantly wets and dries in response to numerous factors, such as rainfall, evaporation and plant transpiration. It’s crucial to understand how water affects soil and crops.
Soil water balance
The main soil water flows and stores
Soil pore network and infiltration
The soil pore network is important to maintain good soil structure, to allow for water infiltration and drainage.
Soil texture and water status
Soil is rarely at the same moisture state across all its layers. Water moves relatively slowly through clay soils, clay layers and compacted layers.
Soil health and crop water supply
Improving soil health, in particular organic matter content, can maximise the benefit from the supply of water from irrigation and rainfall by increasing infiltration rates and water-holding capacity.
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