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  1. Soil Organic Matter

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

    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 ... THIS PAGE IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT Increased soil organic matter provides numberous related benefits ...

  2. Water Holding Capacity

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    be a problem, leading to standing water, erosion, and nutrient loss. A soil with a low water holding ... THIS PAGE IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT Water holding capacity is the amount of water a soil can hold for ... capacity will have a narrow window between too much and not enough moisture. Both conditions lead to poor ...

  3. Drainage

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    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 ... structure. Soil compaction Working your soils while wet can lead to soil compaction, which will intensify ...

  4. Ohio State Soil Health Publications

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    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 ... Compaction Soil Terminology and Definitions Soil Carbon Sequestration Oilseed Radish Cover Crop Sustainable ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. What's the Deal with Composting? Here's the Breakdown

    https://wayne.osu.edu/news/whats-deal-composting-heres-breakdown

    The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (S.A.R.E.) publication “Building Soils for Better ... and then it turns to soil, right? Wrong! This synopsis of composting just barely scrapes the surface ... of people began to transition from “hunters and gatherers” to agriculturally based societies. During ...

  7. Do's and Dont's for Getting Your Yard and Garden Ready for Winter

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    branches. You may also find interest in working the soil in your flower beds and gardens before the ground ... outside. For those who spent a lot of time working around the yard and garden this summer, and many maybe ... excess soil. Spread the bulbs/corms out on some newspaper in a well-ventilated area for a week or so to ...

  8. Soil Health Management Resources

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

    Below are free online resources on various soil health management topics.  Runoff and Erosion ... SHEET) Grassed Waterways  (FACT SHEET) Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil & Water Quality  (FACT ... Water Control Structures  (FACT SHEET) Avoiding Compaction  (FACT SHEET) Soil Structure Avoiding ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Grazing Crop Residue

    https://wayne.osu.edu/news/grazing-crop-residue

    field is a more readily available form of nutrients for next year’s crop. While healthy soil contains ... residue will help to protect the soil over the winter until crops are established next spring. Thinking ... the safest option that promotes the best return to soil health, weed control, and field readiness in ...

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