Introduction
Fine sand
Sandy Loam
Sandy clay loam
Clay
Soil Texture Triangle

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

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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)

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Wet, forms a weak ball, moderate to heavy soil/water coating on fingers, wet outline of soft ball remains on hand.