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Soil Science Society of America Journal Abstract -

Physical and Chemical Properties of Some Peats Used as Soil Amendments1


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  1. Vol. 24 No. 4, p. 268-271
    Received: Dec 4, 1959
    Accepted: Jan 11, 1960

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  1. R. S. Dyal2



More than half a million tons of peat are sold annually in the United States for soil improvement. The properties of interest to the buyer and seller are discussed and data for these properties given. Dry organic matter of peats as sold are reported as follows: bulk 26.6, bale 66.4, and moisture-proof packages 37.7 pounds per 100 pounds of peat. The pressure-plate and pressure-membrane procedures, as used in soils work, are shown to be satisfactory for measuring moisture-retention properties of peats.

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