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Soil Aggregation and Assessing Pasture Soil Structure with a Simple Field Test

Soil aggregate stability is a measure of how well soil particles stick together and facilitate air and water movement in soils. In this video, NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Lee Rinehart discusses the practices that contribute to healthy soils and demonstrates how to conduct a simple soil aggregate stability test at Lands at Hillside Farms in Shavertown, Pennsylvania.

This video is produced by the National Center for Appropriate Technology through the ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture program, under a cooperative agreement with USDA Rural Development. ATTRA.NCAT.ORG.

This video is also supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2019-38640-29878 through the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program under subaward number SUB00002302. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.