Effects of soil sample area on soil loss in laboratory studies

Y. Zhao, M. C. Hirschi, J. K. Mitchell, R. A. Cooke

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Different sizes of soil sample rings and cups are commonly used as soil sample holders in laboratory studies. To interpret of laboratory data collected from varying soil sample area, a study on the effect of soil sample area on soil splash rate was conducted at the University of Illinois. Soil loss from eight different diameters of soil splash cup ranging from 2 cm to 25.4 cm was measured. The results indicate that apparent soil splash rate decreases with an increase in soil sample area. A mathematical relationship between soil loss and varying test sample area was developed through this study. A mathematical relationship for a correct interpretation of laboratory data was also proposed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPaper - American Society of Agricultural Engineers
StatePublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 ASAE Annual International Meeting. Part 1 (of 3) - Minneapolis, MN, USA
Duration: Aug 10 1997Aug 14 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)


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