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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. Educational Resources

    https://hamilton.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/educational-resources

    What Determines Water Quality Crop Production Compost Lesson Guide by Tony Staubach Vegetable Gardening ... Thoughts Matter   Pantry Panic Literature The Writer in You Nature Canoeing Ways of Knowing Water Shale Gas ...

  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. Research Resources

    https://oardc.osu.edu/resources

    projects are focused on critical state, national and global issues, such as water quality, food safety and ... million to explore the biodiversity and ecosystem services in urban soils $0.6 million to develop ...

  6. Interdisciplinary Programs

    https://oardc.osu.edu/research-resources/interdisciplinary-programs

    nutrients, reduce the need for chemical fertilizer and pesticide inputs, improve soil fertility, reduce odor ...

  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. History

    https://oardc.osu.edu/about/history

    mission of research targeted at better food and fiber production, environmental and water quality issues ...

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