field capacity


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field capacity

[′fēld kə‚pas·əd·ē]
(hydrology)
The maximum amount of water that a soil can retain after gravitational water has drained away.
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Comparing the means of fresh shoot weight (table 1) indicates that fresh shoot weight is higher in 100% of field capacity (without stress).
At 80% field capacity highest leaf areas were recorded for the tomato genotypes Ailsa Craig and Pusa Ruby whereas the reverse was true for Ratan and L.
The factors were soil (AEZ-9 and AEZ-3), moisture level (saturated and field capacity condition) and organic materials (FYM, dhaincha and mungbean residues), which were commonly used or in situ cultivation by the farmer's of Bangladesh.
The slope of the depletion rate from field capacity to 30% MAD level gave the ET rate for each interval between the irrigations.
To be sure crops get the water they need, gardeners would ideally want to keep their soil moisture near field capacity to a depth of at least 4 feet.
Even though soil water was maintained at field capacity in all treatments up to 25 days of plant growth, no additional water was added until the completion of experiment.
The water table was already at field capacity when the Flat season ended.
At field scales, equivalent surface depth, percent available water depleted, and field capacity deficit are frequently used terms.
Descriptive terms for soil water content are saturation, gravitational water, field capacity, plant available water, capillary water, plant unavailable water, and hygroscopic water.
Given the High Commissioner's emphasis on enhancing the Office's field capacity, I have asked that a portion of this funding be committed to OHCHR's field offices in developing countries," he said.