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Have you ever been to a field- or farm-related event, seen the soil and subsequent produce, and wished you had that kind of soil? If you have, you are most likely not alone! However, many people who work and use their land for private gardening, community farming, or other commercial agricultural production activities have an incomplete idea of what healthy and productive soil should look like. Texture, density, structure, nutrients, and organic matter are some of the most common parameters of healthy, productive soils. This paper explains the textural qualities of soils and allows readers to assess the qualities of the soil they manage.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
July 20, 2016