Soil Moisture Characteristics on Several Soil Types

Dwi Putro Tejo Baskoro, Suria Darma Tarigan

Abstract


Soil water availability is one of the important factors injluencing plant growth. Soil that can store more water in a
longer time can support a better plant growth. This study was aimed to evaluate the dynamics of soil water of four different
soils with different characteristics. Four soils classes are clayey textured soils-Red Yellowish Podsolik Jasinga, Clayey
textured soils-Latosol Darmaga, . Sandy Textured soil-Regosol Sindang Barang, and highly organic mater content soi/sAndosol
Sukamantri. The result showed that at every-suction analyzed, Andosol Sukamantri had consistently highest water
content while Regosol Sindang Barang was consistently lowest. Similar tendency wasfoundfor available water capacity. The
result also showed that moisture content at Regosol decrease more rapidly than those of the other three soils. The time need to reach likely constant moisture content is variable with soil type; lowest at Regosol Sindangbarang (45 hours after completely saturated and drained) followed by Podsolik Jasinga (73 hours), Latosol darmaga (74 hours) and Andosol Sulcamatri (76 hours).

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