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Soil and Water Lab

About the Lab

The Soil and Water Management Research Group conducts academic, research and extension programs in agricultural water management. The primary focus is on poorly drained, high water table soils with specific application to the Coastal Plains of North Carolina The purpose of the Soil and Water Lab is to assist the faculty, staff and graduate students with lab and field measurements of certain soil and water properties.

See Photos of the lab and field equipmentinstaliations


Types of soil lab tests:

  • Soil water retention curve
  • Bulk density of soil samples
  • Constant Head Permeameter
  • Hydrometer Method for Particle Size

Types 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