Iowa Soil Silt Content Maps [gSSURGO]

Silt as a soil separate consists of mineral soil particles that are 0.002 to 0.05 mm in diameter. In the database, the estimated silt content of each soil layer is given as a percentage, by weight, of the soil material that is less than 2 mm in diameter. The content of sand, silt, and clay …Continue reading “Iowa Soil Silt Content Maps [gSSURGO]”

Precision of soil particle size results using laser diffractometry

Because laser diffractometry produces much more detailed data than does traditional pipette analysis, and because a much smaller sample is used in the analysis, precision or repeatability of laser-produced PSA data is a concern. The approach presented provides both a simple method for assessing the variation in PSA data sets and establishes a comparable standard for determining when additional measurements are needed to find a more precise result.