Readings in soil water conservation Peter E Black Enter your mobile number or email address below and we ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer How Does Soil Affect the pH of Water Soil and Water Conservationist Soil and water are two of Earth s most important natural resources Earth would not be able to sustain life without nutritive soil to grow food and clean water to drink Soil and water conservationists foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. Water and Soil Characterization pH and Electrical EC is measured in units called Seimens per unit area e.g mS cm, or miliSeimens per centimeter , and the higher the dissolved material in a water or soil sample, the higher the EC will be in that material. Readings in soil water conservation Book, Note Citations are based on reference standards However, formatting rules can vary widely between applications and fields of interest or study The specific requirements or preferences of your reviewing publisher, classroom teacher, institution or organization should be applied. . Reading and Interpreting Soil Test Reports D Soil Testing as a Soil Fertility Management Tool A soil test provides current quantitative information on the nutrient content and the nutrient supplying capacity of a soil Soil analyses can provide an accurate determination of a soil s textural classification . Reading and Understanding Soil Test Results Why Get a Why get a soil test Reading and Understanding Soil Test Results Throughout history, all farmers and gardeners have faced this dilemma Why does the food grown on this patch of ground taste better than the food grown on that patch of ground Why are the cattle grazing on that pasture fat and healthy, while the cattle on this pasture are thin and sickly HOW TO USE YOUR SOIL pH METER Luster Leaf HOW TO USE YOUR SOIL pH METER Remove the top of the surface soil Break up and crumble the soil underneath to a depth of Remove any stones or organic debris such as leaves twigs because they can affect the final result. Using tensiometers for measuring soil water and scheduling Tensiometer readings at various soil water tension or water potential levels for turfgrasses and many landscape plants Gauge readings may be in centibars cb or kilopascals kPa , which are equivalent. Photo Ionization Detector CPEO The PID may give false positive readings for water vapor Rain may also affect performance High humidity can cause lamp fogging and decreased sensitivity This can be significant when soil moisture levels are high or when a soil gas well is actually in ground water High concentrations of Measuring the Salinity of Water Salinity Soil and Taking your salinity reading Ensure your EC meter has been calibrated see notes below Remove the protective cap, switch the meter on and insert the probe into the water sample up to the immersion level Move the probe up and down to remove bubbles from around the electrodes.