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  1. Erosion Control

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

    soils and water quality. Key Strategies  Minimal disturbance – Using fewer tillage events, or at least ... involve roots in the ground, which also contribute to soil organic matter and biological activity. Water ... and Best Management Practices to Address Them Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil & Water Quality ...

  2. Soil Organic Matter

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

    enhances your soil's ability to absorb water, leading to less water stress during both dry and wet ... enhances soil structure through better aggregration and water movement;  imrpoves nutrient retention and ... Overview Increased soil organic matter provides numberous related benefits to soil health. ...

  3. Drainage

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

    matter.  Increased soil organic matter enhances your soil's ability to absorb water, leading to less ... Overview  Many Ohio soils have heavy clay contents which can lead to slow drainage and standing ... water during wet periods. Wet conditions can lead to nutrient loss through erosion or biological ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Biological Activity

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

    Overview 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 Recycling For increased ...

  6. Commercial Soil Testing

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

    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 ... decisions on planting, fertilizing, and choosing soil amendments or management tactics. You can take a soil ...

  7. Soil Health Winter Seminar Series

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/news/soil-health-winter-seminar-series

    improve soil health and measure impact on crop yield and farm profitability. Thursdays, January 14 – March ... Soil Health Pay? Soil Health and Your Farm, Farmer Panel, Nathan Brown, Matt Falb, and Les Seiler 0.5 ... NM CCA CEUs January 21-  What Can Soil Health Tests Tell You? Steve Culman 0.5 NM CCA CEUs January 28 ...

  8. 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 ... crops to use. Water is the most common limiting factor for many crops in Ohio. Too much water can also ...

  9. Ohio State Soil Health Publications

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

    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 ...

  10. Soil Health Properties

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

    greatest interest? Soil biology? Nutrient cycling? Compaction? Water infiltration and retention? We ... recommend running soil health analyses on the same soil samples you submit for nutrient analysis ... based on costs, robustness of analysis and the information it provides. The Soil Fertility Lab has been ...

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