Water retention Equations and their relationship to soil organic matter and particles size distribution for disturbed samples

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1983
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Kenya Soil Survey
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Functional relationships between soil water content and water suction were examined and related to textural and organic carbon content data. Soil water retention curves between 5 and 10 000 kPa were determined on disturbed samples of 18 soils representing various soil Great Groups in the Canadian prairies. The best fit was obtained with a two-straight-line regression model. Correlation and regression analysis showed that texture was the main soil property influencing the shape and position of the water retention curve. Organic matter influenced primarily the water content at which a break in the curve occurred. Soil zone and cultivation history had little effect on water retention.
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