field capacity


Definition of field capacity

: the water-retaining capacity of a soil usually including both the hygroscopic and capillary water of the soil and being expressed as a percentage of the dry weight of the soil a silty loam with a field capacity of 35 percent

called also field moisture capacity

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First Known Use of field capacity

1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Field capacity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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