AbstractVery accurate estimations of the permanent wilting percentage can be obtained for soils of all regions of Puerto Rico by use of regression equations based on the hygroscopic coefficient. Reliable estimates can also be obtained for humid-region soils by using the clay content as a basis. Attempts to correlate permanent wilting-percentage values with moisture equivalents and organic-matter content did not give such satisfactory results. The 15-atmosphere percentage as determined by using pressure plates gives an accurate approximation of permanent wilting-percentage values. It is time-saving, but initial expense in laboratory equipment is rather high. This approach is to be preferred whenever feasible. A regression equation is given relating pressure-plate values to the permanent wilting percentage. Whenever less precise estimates are acceptable and time is not a factor, advantage should be taken of the established correlation between the hygroscopic coefficient and the permanent wilting percentage.
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