Fine Sand & Loamy Fine Sand Soils
Available Water Capacity 0.6–1.2" / ft
Percent Available: Currently available soil moisture as a percent
of available water capacity.
Depleted: Inches of water currently needed to refill a foot of soil to field capacity.
0-25% available; 1.2" - 0.5" / ft. depleted
Dry, loose, will hold together if not disturbed, lose sand grains on fingers with applied pressure.
25-50% available; 0.9" - 0.3" / ft. depleted
Slightly moist, forms a very weak ball with well-defined finger marks, light coating of loose and aggregated sand grains remains on fingers.
50-75% available; 0.6" - 0.2" / ft. depleted
Moist, forms a weak ball with loose and aggragated sand grains on fingers, darkened color, moderate water staining on fingers, will not ribbon.
75-100% available; 0.3" - 0.0" / ft. depleted
Wet, forms a weak ball, loose and aggregrated sand grains remain on fingers, darkened color, heavy water staining on fingers, will not ribbon.
100% available; 0.0" / ft. depleted (field capacity)
Wet, forms a weak ball, moderate to heavy soil/water coating on fingers, wet outline of soft ball remains on hand.