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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

 

News

  1. OSU Extension Soil Health Tour 2022

    Sep 15, 2022

    The 2022 OSU Extension Soil Health Tour includes 18 in-person tour stops and 6 virtual tour stops. The flyer has descriptions for each site, provided by the farmers who manage those locations. The tour will open Monday, September 19th at 8AM and close Wednesday, September 28th at 5PM. Virtual tour stops will be accessible during that timeframe as well. 

  2. The Baseline Assessment of Soil Health in Ohio will be a tool for interpreting individual soil health test results.

    Baseline Assessment of Soil Health in Ohio now available

    Sep 15, 2022

    As our understanding of soil health advances, farmers are increasingly interested in assessing and improving soils on their farms. Several commercial labs now offer soil health analyses but generating values in a lab is only the first step. A frame of reference for what constitutes a typical, low, or high soil health value is essential for understanding these tests and inferring soil function.

  3. Soil testing photo by Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University Extension

    New Factsheet on Soil Health Testing

    Aug 4, 2022

    Choosing a Laboratory for Nutrient and Soil Health Testing, Ohioline Factsheet ANR-0107 is now available online. The fact sheet discusses factors to consider when selecting a lab, and a list of Ohio-based and nearby soil testing faciltities with contact information, standard test package components, and other available tests offered.

    https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/anr-0107