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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



  1. 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, ad a list of Ohio-based and nearby soil testing faciltities with contact information, standard test package components, and other available tests offered.


  2. 2022 Soil Health Webinar Series

    Dec 22, 2021

    Please join us at 8 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month for Ohio State Extension’s 2022 Soil Health Webinar series. There is no cost, but you must register in advance at go.osu.edu/soilhealth2022. 1 hr NM CCA continuing education credit per session. 

  3. Soil Health Winter Seminar Series

    Dec 30, 2020

    In this weekly series, farmers, industry, and academic experts will weigh in on practical steps to improve soil health and measure impact on crop yield and farm profitability. Thursdays, January 14 – March 18, 8am-8:30am. CCA CEUs are available for each session. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

    Watch past sessions at https://agcrops.osu.edu/events/webinar-recordings/dirt-soil-health-investing-below-surface-0