Although farmers have intuitively understood the importance of soil quality and health for generations, recent efforts have focused on how to better measure and quantify soil health. Here we present information on soil health measurements and indicators, how these assessments are done, and what they can tell you about your soil.
Learning more about your soil is essential to setting realistic goals for maintaining or improving soil health. What properties can be changed and how long will it take? Will the costs outweigh the potential benefits? See our Soil Health Management section for more details on common soil health concerns and management strategies to help you address these.