Oct 18, 2019
“What We Talk about When We Talk about Soil Health” with Dr. Ryan Stewart.
Soil health is an important topic for today’s scientists, but how do we quantify it, and when we talk about “healthy soils,” what do we even mean?
Dr. Ryan Stewart and his team set out to answer just that. Doing a meta-analysis on dozens of studies listed in The Soil Health Institute’s Research Landscape Tool, Ryan and his team compared different soil health indicators to determine what scientists are measuring, how they’re measuring it, and which are the most valuable in actually determining soil health.
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Agricultural & Environmental Letters Journal
Soil Health Calculator: https://soilhealth.spes.vt.edu/CoverCropCalculator.html
Virginia Tech Soil Health Website: https://soilhealth.spes.vt.edu/
NRCS fact sheets: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/soils/health/
Soil Health Institute: https://soilhealthinstitute.org/
Soil Health Institute Research Landscape Tool: http://www.soilhealthinstituteresearch.org/Home/Search
Soil Health Institute Conferences and Meetings: https://soilhealthinstitute.org/events/
Soil Health Institute Soil Health Indicators: https://soilhealthinstitute.org/north-american-project-to-evaluate-soil-health-measurements/
SARE Cover Crops Economic Bulletin: https://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Bulletins/Cover-Crop-Economics
USDA Soil Health Indicators: https://directives.sc.egov.usda.gov/OpenNonWebContent.aspx?content=43754.wba
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