Soil and Water Lab

The Soil and Water Lab assists the faculty, staff and graduate students with lab and field measurements of specific types of soil and water properties. The main purpose of the lab is to work with the Agricultural Soil and Water Management Group as they conducts academic, research and extension programs. The current primary focus is on poorly drained, high water table soils with specific application to the Coastal Plains of North Carolina.

Types of soil lab tests

  • Soil water retention curve
  • Bulk density of soil samples
  • Constant head permeameter
  • Hydrometer method for particle size

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Tests for soils and field work

  • Hydraulic conductivity testing using the auger hole method
  • Undisturbed soil core sampling and testing
  • Installation of water control devices
  • Installation of well monitoring instruments
  • Installation of automatic water samplers
  • Installation of weather stations
  • Design, construction and maintenance of field research apparatus

Soil Lab Photos