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SL301: Organic Matter and Soil Structure in the Everglades Agricultural Area

Figure 1. Good structure (left) is illustrated by the presence of many aggregates that allow for water infiltration and good plant rooting, and is often indicative of high organic matter concentrations. Poor structure (right) results in soil that clumps together but breaks apart readily with tillage, does not hold water well, and is an impediment to rooting.