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  1. Erosion Control

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

    productivity and environmental issues. Erosion continues to be a Critical Concern in Ohio to support healthy ... rain impact and wind. This can include crop residues and mulch, but the best and most effective covers ... management – Precipitation patterns are changing in many areas. Be sure your fields have effective ways to ...

  2. Biological Activity

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

    erosion and disturbance with perennial crops or winter cover crops. Roots enhance microbial activity, ... growing and incorporating a high biomass cover crop. Monitor C:N ratio of inputs (24:1 is ideal) Add ... nitrogen-rich organic matter (manure, finished compost) Use legumes in your crop rotation to provide nitrogen. ...

  3. Drainage

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

    denitrification; poor plant growth or death; and reduced access to the field.  Key Strategies Increase organic ... other stable organic materials. Grow and incorporate a high biomass cover crop.  Add a perennial crop to ... your rotation.  Add a sod crop to your rotation.  Reduce tillage to provide less disturbance to soil ...

  4. Soil Organic Matter

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

    cycling.  Key Strategies to increase soil organic matter Add a perennial crop to your rotation. Recent ... a cover crop.  Add a sod crop to your rotation.  Reduce tillage to provide less disturbance to soil biota ...

  5. Commercial Soil Testing

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

    Develop Nutrient Recommendations (for field crops) https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AGF-513 Soil Testing ... salts are not typically a concern in Ohio field crops or gardens due to adequate precipitation. However, ... When to Collect Soil Samples We recommend conducting a commercial soil test for any new field or ...

  6. Soil Health Management

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

    health goals for your field(s). Be sure these goals are... Measurable: What assessment tools are ... health improvement. Not everything will work with your specific climate, crops, budget, or timeframe. ...

  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 ... – Can Improving Soil Health Improve Yield? Jordon Wade 0.5 CM CCA CEUs February 4 – Cover Crop ...

  8. Soil Health Management Resources

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

    SHEET) Grassed Waterways  (FACT SHEET) Using Cover Crops to Improve Soil & Water Quality  (FACT ... Channel/Two-Stage Ditch  (FACT SHEET) Subsurface Drainage  (FACT SHEET) Surface Drain/Field Ditch  (FACT SHEET) ... Phosphorus Nutrient Management for Yield and Reduced P Loss at Edge of Field  (FACT SHEET) Opportunities for ...

  9. Soil Health Assessment

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

    thrive in their specific backyard conditions. A field crop farmer should consider a crop rotation that ... Testing We recommend a commercial soil test for any new field or site and every 3-4 years for existing ... allows time for soil test results to guide your use of these products. Soil Health Observations The Ohio ...

  10. 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 ...

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