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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

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



  1. Dr. Rattan Lal

    Ohio State soil scientist awarded World Food Prize

    Jun 15, 2020

    Over five decades, Rattan Lal, a Distinguished University Professor in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), has reduced hunger by pioneering agricultural methods across the globe that not only restore degraded soil but also reduce global warming. Read more at https://cfaes.osu.edu/news/articles/ohio-state-soil-scientist-awarded-world-food-prize.

  2. A flooded field

    2019 Challenges Linger

    Mar 12, 2020

    As farmers are preparing for the 2020 cropping season, the challenges of 2019 may still linger.  There are basically 3 scenarios which will influence 2020 cropping practices.

  3. Article snapshot

    Can Soil Microbes Slow Climate Change?

    Mar 29, 2019

    Scientific American recently published a news article discussing the role Microbes may play in Climate Change mitigation. The article showcases work of Dr. David Johnson of New Mexico State University. He reocmmends that "to tip the soil’s fungal-to-bacterial ratio strongly toward the fungi". "As the ratio of fungi to bacteria increases, the soil biome becomes more efficient in utilizing carbon and other nutrients and that the soil therefore releases less CO2 to the atmosphere." In general, good soil health practices promote fungi growth in agroecosystems.