Soil texture refers to the proportion of sand, silt, and clay in a soil. Texture influences almost every aspect of soil use, both in agricultural and engineering applications, and even how natural ecosystems function. Many scientists consider soil texture the most important soil property as it can influence soil/water relationships, gas exchange, and plant nutrition. Accurately determining soil texture in a lab requires time and money; therefore, it is often necessary to estimate soil texture in the field by feel, which can be very accurate if done correctly.
Ritchey, Edwin L.; McGrath, Joshua M.; and Gehring, David, "Determining Soil Texture by Feel" (2015). Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications. Paper 139.