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  1. 2020 Soil Health Survey Across Ohio Farms 

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/farm-research/2020-soil-health-survey-across-ohio-farms%C2%A0

    As part of the 2020 eFields on-farm research project, soil health values and management data were ... collected from multiple trials and research activities. We looked at the data to better understand how soil ... health values are influenced by... soil type and CEC sampling depth past management practices such as ...

  2. Home

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/home

    understand. Cost-Effective. Long term improvements in water management, nutrient cycles, and soil food webs ... Soil Health is… Holistic.  S oil health considers chemical, physical, and biological properties, ... which are interrelated and equally important. Feeding the soil, not the plant. Sustainable agricultural ...

  3. Erosion Control

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/soil-health-management/erosion-control

    Overview The top 6-8" of soil (or topsoil) is uniquely able to support plant and microbial ... soils and water quality. Key Strategies  Minimal disturbance – Using fewer tillage events, or at least ... lighter ones, will keep soil aggregates intact to slow the breakdown of organic matter and help prevent ...

  4. Biological Activity

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/soil-health-management/biological-activity

    create biodiversity. A biologically active soil supports natural soil food webs and the interactions that support ... Overview Biologial activity in your soil helps to add organic matter, cycle nutrients, and ... a resilient and healthy soil. Read more:  Understanding Soil Microbes and Nutrient Recycling For increased ...

  5. Soil Organic Matter

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/soil-health-management/soil-organic-matter

    Overview Increased soil organic matter provides numberous related benefits to soil health. ... enhances your soil's ability to absorb water, leading to less water stress during both dry and wet ... periods provides better conditions and a food source for soil biota, leading to improved biodiversity; ...

  6. Drainage

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/soil-health-management/drainage

    Overview  Many Ohio soils have heavy clay contents which can lead to slow drainage and standing ... matter.  Increased soil organic matter enhances your soil's ability to absorb water, leading to less ... your rotation.  Add a sod crop to your rotation.  Reduce tillage to provide less disturbance to soil ...

  7. Sampling

    https://turfdisease.osu.edu/sampling

    package. Wrap your sample tightly in aluminum foil or newspaper. This will keep the soil (root zone ... material) from moving and getting on the leaves. When soil covers the leaves this makes diagnosis difficult ... and can cause contamination with other microbes that might be in the soil. Do not add water to the ...

  8. Commercial Soil Testing

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/soil-health-assessment/commercial-soil-testing

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/sites/soilhealth/files/imce/WhitePapers/Soil%20Aggregate%20Stability.pdf Soil Sampling for Contaminant Testing (for homeowners) Ohio State's Damaged Soil ... When to Collect Soil Samples We recommend conducting a commercial soil test for any new field or ... site and every 3-4 years for existing sites. A standard soil test will provide information on your soil ...

  9. Soil Health Management

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/soil-health-management

    Set Reasonable Soil Health Goals The first step to soil health management is assessing your ... current soil health and identifying what properties need to be maintained or improved. Then set up soil ... budget.  Achievable: Not everything can be changed. Soil texture and bedrock properties are difficult to ...

  10. Ohio State Soil Health Publications

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/resources/publications

    Infiltration Avoiding Soil Compaction Slake Test Soil Food Web Sovita Test for Soil Respiration Haney Test for ... Factsheets Soil Quality Test Kit Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil & Water Quality Using Cover ... Crops to Convert to No-Till Understanding Soil Microbes and Nutrient Recycling The Biology of Soil ...

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