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Master of Science (MS)
Plants, Soils, and Climate
Sterling A. Taylor
It is generally accepted that soil structure is very important in keeping productivity at a high level. When soils are loose and friable, mechanical impedance to root growth and seedling emergence is greatly reduced. Such soils infiltrate greater quantities of precipitation, are better aerated, and possess a more favorable temperature than puddled soils. Essential plant nutrients are also more easily available in well aggregated soil.
Ashcroft, Gaylen L., "Soil Additives and Their Effect on the Yield of Various Crops and the Physical Properties of an Agricultural Soil" (1954). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 3718.
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