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  1. Vol. 19 No. 1, p. 81-83
    Received: Aug 16, 1954

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The Field Maximum Moisture Content1

  1. Charles A. Carlson and
  2. R. S. Pierce2



The field maximum moisture content is defined as the naturally occurring wet limit of a soil or soil layer in its natural position. Values were obtained by selecting recurring peak values from daily records of soil-moisture content. For most soils the values tended to coincide with the 0.06 atmosphere soil-moisture tension values of core samples. In poorly drained soils the field maximum approached the total pore volume. The field maximum helps characterize the full range of naturally occurring soil-moisture content.

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