Soil Health is…
- Holistic. Soil health considers chemical, physical, and biological properties, which are interrelated and equally important.
- Feeding the soil, not the plant. Sustainable agricultural practices harness biological processes to maintain and improve soil health for multiple seasons.
- Good Stewardship. Healthy soils perform essential ecosystem services – some of which we are only beginning to understand.
- Cost-Effective. Long term improvements in water management, nutrient cycles, and soil food webs can minimize inputs and maximize productivity.
About This Site
Soil health is a critical impact for many areas of agronomy, horticulture, and natural resources, with ties to entomology, plant pathology, engineering, chemistry, and many other disciplines. This site focuses primarily on soils as a growing medium.
This site is currently under construction. It will be organized into the following categories.
- Soil Health Assessment - quantifying and measuring soil health in the field and laboratory
- Soil Health Management - fostering soil health through holistic soil and crop management
- Soil Health Resources - additional literature and tools
- On-Farm Research - highlights of recent and on-going soil health research in Ohio