Soil Health Links
Web resources to help you build healthy soil.
USDA-NRCS Soil Quality Institute -- Good introduction and resources including, The Soil Biology Primer, Soil Quality Information Sheets, Soil Quality Card Design Guide, and Agronomy Technical Notes Series summaries of the effects of cover crops, rotations and no-till on soil quality.
Woods End Research Laboratory -- Extensive compost and soil analyses, including an inexpensive compost maturity and soil microbial respiration test kits.
Soil Foodweb Incorporated -- SFI offers tests for the critical living components of your soil, including bacterial and fungal biomass, protozoans, nematodes, vessicular-arbuscular mycorrhize (VAM), and microarthropods. Site includes interesting articles and an excellent photo gallery of soil critters at work. SFI evolved from the pioneering work of soil ecologist Elaine Ingham at Oregon State University.
Soil Quality Institute -- USDA-NRCS site, cooperative project focusing on soil quality resource concerns such as aggregate stability, infiltration, organic matter loss, nutrient cycling and losses, acidity, salinity, erosion and deposition. Soil Quality Information Sheets, provide good introduction to soil health. Agronomy Technical Notes Series summaries of the effects of cover crops, rotations and no-till on soil quality. Both series require Adobe Acrobat reader to view. (Adobe Acrobat download site.)
S3 Soil Quality Working Group -- Soil Science Society of America collaboration.
Soil Quality Network -- International group networking on soil quality research and education.
National Soil Tilth Lab -- USDA facility that conducts much soil-health related research.
Illinois Soil Quality Initiative -- Farmers and organizations working together to identify indices of soil health.
Soil Science Society of America -- Excellent soil-related links menu.
National Society of Consulting Soil Scientists -- Lots of links.
Soil and Water Conservation Society of America -- Publication order form includes many soil-health and sustainable-farming related titles. Includes online version of the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.
Science of Soils -- Online academic journal. Includes Soils Online links page.
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