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  1. Erosion Control

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

    life. But topsoil can be depleted by wind or water erosion and poor management, leading to lower ... management – Precipitation patterns are changing in many areas. Be sure your fields have effective ways to ... within the field boundary Tillage Intensities Filter Strips/Grassed Riparian Buffers Water and Sediment ...

  2. Drainage

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

    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 ... denitrification; poor plant growth or death; and reduced access to the field.  Key Strategies Increase organic ...

  3. 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 ... periods provides better conditions and a food source for soil biota, leading to improved biodiversity; ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ... Develop Nutrient Recommendations (for field crops) https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/AGF-513 Soil Testing ... Investigation, REstoration and Treatment laboratory in Columbus provides contaminant testing for lead and other ...

  6. Water Holding Capacity

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/soil-health-management/water-holding-capacity

    be a problem, leading to standing water, erosion, and nutrient loss. A soil with a low water holding ... capacity will have a narrow window between too much and not enough moisture. Both conditions lead to poor ... absorb water, leading to less water stress during both dry and wet periods. This can be achieved by: Incorporate ...

  7. Soil Health Management Resources

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

    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 ...

  8. Soil Health Properties

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

    provide. It is challenging to generate a list of ‘recommended’ measurements across all fields, as the list ... answer: What is the goal with these measurements?   Are you trying to establish a baseline in your field ... invest? Are you willing to make measurements in the field yourself, or do you want to send samples out to ...

  9. Clifton Martin

    https://soilhealth.osu.edu/people/clifton-martin

    Clifton Martin Extension Educator, Muskingum County Muskingum County Extension, 225 Underwood St., ... Rm 600, Zanesville,OH 43701 740-454-0144 martin.2422@osu.edu ...

  10. Soil Health Assessment

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

    Testing We recommend a commercial soil test for any new field or site and every 3-4 years for existing ... thrive in their specific backyard conditions. A field crop farmer should consider a crop rotation that ...

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