- Identify what components might be found in an idealized soil
- Discuss impacts of compaction and management
- Calculate bulk density when given appropriate measurements
Bulk Density is the oven dry weight of the soil over the total volume of the soil. Since we expect particle density to be somewhere around 2.65 grams/cm3, in an idealized situation with 50% pore space, we would expect bulk density to be about half of that value. Bulk densities significantly higher slow or stop root growth.
- An idealized soil has a balance of pore space filled with air, available, and unavailable water
- Compaction has a variety of negative impacts if managing for plant growth
- Bulk density is a measurement of soil density, and high values may be helpful for building but stop plant growth