Soil Texture Activities
Determining Soil Textural Class using the "Finger Method".
In the field (or in the lab at a cheap outfit like J.S.U.), you may not have access to the sophisticated equipment
needed to make exact determinations of soil texture. In this case, you will have to rely
on your fingers to estimate the relative amounts of sand, silt and clay in the soil.
This may sound crude, but with a little practice, you can become amazingly accurate.
A flow chart can be used to determine the textures. Start at the top, determine a yes or no answer, and follow the
appropriate arrow to the next question or conclusion.
Field Testing of Soil Texture
Be careful about getting mud in the sinks or making a mess. Sinks easily plug up and dirt has a way of getting all over the place.
Soil Sample #1: __________________________________________________
Soil Sample #2: __________________________________________________
Soil Sample #3: __________________________________________________
Based on texture, which of these three samples would be best for growing crops?_____________
Based on texture, which of these three samples would provide the best foundation for the construction of a new home?________________
Which specimen has the highest organic content?_______________________
Which specimen has the highest iron content?__________________________