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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 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.

    For more information and to register, visit: go.osu.edu/soilhealth2021

  2. Study Looks at Soil Health Perceptions in the Agricultural Community

    Dec 28, 2020

    How do you define "soil health"? How does that compare to the ways others might define it? A recent study led by former Ohio State PhD student and postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Jordon Wade, took a closer look at how the agricultural community perceives and accesses soil health. Results of the study are available at Soil Health Nexusa university-led team dedicated to increasing access to research-based soil health knowledge, extension and resources.  

  3. Updated Cover Crop Selector Tool Available from Midwest Cover Crops Council

    Oct 5, 2020

    The Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC) —made up of representatives from 12 Midwest states and universities, including Purdue, the province of Ontario and other agricultural stakeholders — is rolling out an improved cover crop selection tool that will help farmers make those decisions.