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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. Steps to Speed Up Field Curing of Hay Crops

    https://forages.osu.edu/news/steps-speed-field-curing-hay-crops

    value much in that very mature forage. Before cutting though, keep in mind that the soil should be firm ... then once the soil has dried a bit the crop can be spread out with the tedder. Tedding twice may ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. OFGC Summer Forage Field Days- Crawford County

    https://forages.osu.edu/events/ofgc-summer-forage-field-days-crawford-county

    soil with multi-species grazing. August 28th Licking and Knox Counties (11am- 3 pm) Longhorn cattle ...

  6. Fertilizing hay and pastures

    https://forages.osu.edu/news/fertilizing-hay-and-pastures

    times when the soils are usually firm enough to support fertilizer spreading equipment and the nutrients ... are applied to actively growing plants when they are most needed. A recent soil test should be the ... can be helpful in diagnosis along with the soil test values. Where high rates of phosphorus and ...

  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. OFGC Forage Field Days- Licking & Knox Counties

    https://forages.osu.edu/events/ofgc-forage-field-days-licking-knox-counties

    soil with multi-species grazing. August 28th Licking and Knox Counties (11am- 3 pm) Longhorn cattle ...

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