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Soil physical quality
Soil provides the physical medium in which plants grow and roots penetrate. The physical structure of the soil allows the infiltration and storage of water as well as the movement of air into and out of the soil, all of which is critical to maintaining a physical environment in which the plant grows. Physical factors that are important to maintaining the soil structure and the processes related to structure include aggregate stability and a light, non‐compacted, and friable soil.