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Get NPK values of soil without spectroscopy

I stumbled upon this new device called Teralytic. Which can measure salination, NPK values and all sorts of things. Unfortunately it's sold out and I think when it'll be available again rather ...
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What's a Good Soil Quality Index for Plowed Farm Lands?

I'm currently conducting research using Satellite/Weather/Soil (Mostly Sentinel-2 Satellite Imagery) Data to Model Smallholder Farms and their dynamics before Planting. Key to my progress is to find ...
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Why do allophane soils behave as gels?

It is notoriously difficult to determine the texture of soil containing allophane and immogolite. According to the literature this is because the clay fraction "behaves as a gel", i.e. it's not ...
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Is silicon dioxide (silica) found in all types of soil on the planet?

Known that it is found in sand, silt and clay but is it found in all soils?
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soil that is dried (no pore space) weight?

How much would 1 m3 of an ideal mineral SOIL that has been completely dried (all pore space is empty) weigh in Mg on Earth? Answer = ______ Mg
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How can shake amplitude influence the damping ratio and resonant frequency of a soil base structure?

I have performed an experiment using a shaking table to simulate the response of a soil base structure to an earthquake. A multi-floor structure was placed on a sand (90% relative density) bed and the ...
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How many kg $ha^-$$^1$ of exchangeable $Mg^2$$^+$ is there in the top 15cm of this field?

Soil testing from a well-drained soil sample in 0-15cm depth of a farmers field provides the following information: • Wet weight of a soil sample from a volume of 100 $cm^3$: 200 g • Moisture ...
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Leaching Requirement

How can we determine supplemental irrigation needed to reduce soil salinity knowing ETP of a crop and the annual precipitation?
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How eluvial process determines the difference in colour of soil layers [closed]

How eluvial process determines the colour of E horizon lighter compared to O horizon?
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Passive capillary wick samplers

I am interested in sampling soil solution at different depths on Andean soils. I have found that Passive-capillary samplers have been extensively used to sample soil water, however I was not able to ...
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Soil Science and the carbon cycle - is carbon released from soil into the atmosphere?

Is carbon lost from topsoil when it's degraded/removed? What is the scientific process?
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Can caliches form in arctic soils?

Caliches are signature features of many arid soils. In addition to the typical places of formation in deserts, they also occur in parts of the Tibetan plateau. Can they also form in polar climates? If ...
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How can poor tropical soils be enriched by biological means?

I have been reading a lot recently about agriculture in Africa, and one of the big impediments in a lot of places is the poor quality of the soil. Primarily this refers to a lack of usable molecular ...