MAJOR TYPES OF SOIL AND THEIR PROPERTIES
Soil Soil is formed as a result of the breaking down of parent rocks. The major types of soil are classified according to the sizes of their particle/texture. The following are the major types of soil
1. Sandy soil:
this type of soil has larger fraction than the other types of soil.
It is called light soil sometimes due to the ease of cultivation. The particles are loosely held together and in sizes of 0.2mm to 2mm. Sandy soil has large pores between the particles.
2. CLAYEY SOIL:
this type of soil sticky in nature and has more than 25% of the soil mixture as clay. It has very fine texture below 00.2mm in diameter. Highly plastic when moist, not good for crop cultivation due its sticky nature. It can retain lots of water.
It can easily be molded into shapes.
Clay soil becomes hard when dry. Clay
soil is poorly aerated. It is very smooth when felt with the hand. This type of soil is mainly good for the construction of fish pond.
It has high cation exchange capacity. It has very high specific surface area. Used for brick making and ceramic wares
3. LOAMY SOIL:
this type of soil is a mixture of sand and clay combination in adequate proportion. This type of soil is the best type of soil for crop production.
It contains a high amount of amount of organic matters.
It is fairly smooth and slightly elastic. It is well drained and aerated.
Soil texture simply means the relative proportion of particles of different sizes present in a given soil sample. Each of the various sizes is called a fraction.
IMPORTANCE OF SOIL TEXTURE
Soil texture determines the type of soil found in an area. Texture influences the movement of water and air in the soil, including root penetration and workability.
regates. It shows the physical appearance of the soil as the particles are arranged.
Soil structure is brought about by the action of binding and cementing agents in the soil.
It may be stable or unstable depending on the cementing agent.
Changes occur in structure of soil as a result of the activities of the farmers during land preparation conservation, such as liming, manuring and others.
TYPES OF SOIL STRUCTURE
1. Platy 2. Prismatic 3. Spheroidal 4. Blocky structure
IMPORTANCE OF SOIL STRUCTURE
Soil structure is important because it influences the characteristics of the soil in terms of heat transfer, aeration, water movement, root penetration and workability of the soil.
It also affects the rate or degree of soil erosion.
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