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5 Reasons Your Soil Texture Analysis Isn’t Accurate Enough

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In this 30-minute webinar, researcher and application expert Leo Rivera teaches best practices for higher accuracy and how to choose the right method for your unique situation or application.

Soil particle analysis is more complicated than it looks

Accurate soil texture information is critical for understanding experimental results or modeling—and if you’re just guessing—you’ll be in trouble when it comes time for publication. Soil particle analysis is hard. You need to know what to watch out for, or your accuracy can be off by orders of magnitude. And that’s a problem—get it wrong, and your models and assumptions will be incorrect and ultimately you’ll reach bad conclusions.

What you need to know

Measuring soil texture can be tedious, complex, and prone to human error. In this 30-minute webinar, researcher and application expert Leo Rivera teaches best practices for higher accuracy and how to choose the right method for your unique application. Learn:

  • How soil texture measurement has evolved over time
  • Fundamentals behind the measurement
  • Comparison of different measurement methods (including Stokes law-based and optics-based)
  • Pros and cons of each method
  • Best practices: making an accurate measurement regardless of the methodology

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Presenter

Leo Rivera operates as a research scientist and Hydrology Product Manager at METER Group, the world leader in soil moisture measurement. He earned his undergraduate degree in Agriculture Systems Management at Texas A&M University, where he also got his Master’s degree in Soil Science. There he helped develop an infiltration system for measuring hydraulic conductivity used by the NRCS in Texas. Currently, Leo is the force behind application development in METER’s hydrology instrumentation including HYPROP and WP4C. He also works in R&D to explore new instrumentation for water and nutrient movement in soil.

 

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