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  1. Soil Health Management

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

    Think about additional equipment, risk, or testing expenses; and realize that many soil improvements ... 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 ...

  2. Soil Organic Matter

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

    THIS PAGE IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT 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 ...

  3. Drainage

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

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

  4. Biological Activity

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

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

  5. Water Holding Capacity

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/soil-health-management/water-holding-capacity

    THIS PAGE IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT Water holding capacity is the amount of water a soil can hold for ... be a problem, leading to standing water, erosion, and nutrient loss. A soil with a low water holding ... plant growth. Organic Matter Increased soil organic matter enhances your soil's ability to ...

  6. Soil Health Assessment

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

    meet those. Urban gardeners can choose species of vegetables or landscaping plants that are able to ... Although farmers have intuitively understood the importance of soil health for generations, recent ... efforts have focused on how to better measure and quantify soil health. Here we present information on soil ...

  7. More Soil Health Resources

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/resources

    crop management methods,research and resources. Urban Agriculture Concerns  Ohio State’s Damaged Soil ... urban soils that may have heavy metal contamination concerns.  Sustainable Production The  Carbon ... extension, and educational programs for agricultural management practices that sustain soil and water ...

  8. Soil Health Properties

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/soil-health-assessment/soil-health-properties

    Soil Health encompasses physical, biological, and chemical properties of soil. Common assessment ... methods in each of these areas will help you make sense of what types of information soil tests can ... Do you seek to understand how a change in management will impact your soil? What components are of ...

  9. Commercial Soil Testing

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

    https://dirt.osu.edu/urban-agriculture-outreach/soil-heavy-metal-testing/sampling-instructions Soluble Salts Soluble salts commonly found in soils include calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, ... 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 ...

  10. On-Farm Research

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/farm-research

    pertaining to soil health and would like to add it here, please contact Cassy Brown (brown.1844@osu.edu).  ...

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