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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. Soybean Foliar Products

    https://hardin.osu.edu/program-areas/agriculture-and-natural-resources/soybean-foliar-products

    high pH or high organic matter such as muck soils, especially if soils are droughty. In dry soil ... soil conditions, it can be tempting to apply foliar products to help the plants ‘recover’. These fields ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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. ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

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