Tag Archives: soil health

30Nov/20

How do we collectively conceptualize “soil health” and how do we use that to guide meaningful research and extension?

How would you define “soil health”? How do you think others would define it? You have likely seen people using the term “soil health” to refer to concepts that you personally might not personally think fit the definition of soil health. You are not alone! Inconsistent definitions of soil health can make communication difficult and even confusing.

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23Sep/20

Soil Health and Climate Resilience

As part of the Soil Health Nexus Digital Cafe Series, Gregg Sanford with University of Wisconsin, presents “Soil Health and Climate Resilience”. Diverse and perennial cropping systems are recognized for their soil health benefits, but that’s not all these cropping systems have to offer. A recent analysis using 26 years of data from the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trail (WICST) shows that these systems also provide the co-benefits of long-term stable production and resilience to a changing climate, both hallmarks of sustainable or regenerative agricultural systems. In this webinar, Gregg discusses the findings from this long-term analysis of perennial and diverse agroecosystems and their importance for farming in a changing climate.

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02Mar/20

Illinois study shows universally positive effect of cover crops on soil microbiome

A meta-analysis of current cover crop research was done by researchers at the University of Illinois. They found that microbial abundance was up  27%, activity was up 22%, and diversity increased 2.5% when using cover cropsRead More…

04Dec/19

We’re at it Again, New Tool “Drawer” Available: Soil Physical Properties

Soil physical properties, including soil texture and soil structure, have a tremendous influence on its ability to function as a living productive ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. The Soil Health Nexus has added a new “Drawer” in their Soil Health Toolbox titled, Soil Physical Properties.

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04Oct/19
soil from uprooted grass

Is soil pore structure key to carbon storage?

Dr. Alexandra Kravchenko, Michigan State University professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences along with several of her colleagues discovered a new mechanism determining how carbon is stored in soils. A recent article in ScienceDaily drew attention her research findings published in the scientific journal Nature Communications.

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03Jun/19

Understanding Farmers, Educators, and Agency Staff’s Perceptions of Soil Health

Over the past decade, there has been significant research aiming to better understand the biophysical processes and indicators of soil health. Significantly less research however, has been dedicated to understanding people’s perceptions surrounding soil health. To help address this research gap, the Soil Health Nexus team conducted a survey to better understand how different audiences define soil health, growers’ perceived barriers to adopting soil health practices and resource needs for teaching soil health.

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25Mar/19

Soil Health Not Just a Trending Topic

Many of us take the soil we stand on for granted, including myself. I mean, it’s everywhere – especially on my carpet with 2 boys in my house. However, without soil, we can’t grow crops. Farmers know that soil is a critical part of farming, and making sure that soil can continue to grow crops for many years to come is at the forefront of every farmer’s mind – sometimes without even realizing it.

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