As part of the Soil Health Nexus Digital Cafe Series, Andrew McGuire at Washington State University, presents “Just-in-Time Soil Health”. This presentation was originally broadcast on December 16, 2020.
There is a lot of focus on soil organic matter levels, but what if the flow of carbon through the soil is just as important for soil health? What if this flow is more important? Building and maintaining soil organic matter levels can be a long, slow process. Similarly, maintaining large warehouse inventory is expensive. In manufacturing, a cost-cutting concept called just-in-time production allows smaller inventory levels and has been widely adopted. Could the same concept be applied to soil management for just-in-time soil health?