Measuring and assessing soils
Soil productivity is largely determined by its ability to provide water and nutrients to allow deep rooting of agricultural plants. To better understand the potential productivity of soil, it is important to examine key soil characteristics and indicators, such as soil texture, depth, pH, organic matter and fertility. The measure of productivity is usually crop yield per millimetre of available water. The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia provides technical advice to assist landholders determine their soil’s productive capacity, and to implement management strategies to maintain and improve the quality of their soils.