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Understanding Laboratory Soil Health Tests: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?
Presented by Dr. Roland Wilhelm, Assistant Professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University. He leads the Managed Ecosystem Microbial Ecology lab, and his team studies the impacts of natural resource management practices on soil microbiota to improve the productivity and stewardship of ecosystems.
This webinar is part of a series about Nurturing City Soils for Healthy Organic Vegetables.
Soil health encompasses a range of biological, physical, and chemical properties that correspond to soil fertility and tilth, and ecosystem services, such as biodiversity and carbon storage. Soil health testing provides managers with information to diagnose deficiencies and monitor the effects of management interventions over time. There are many soil health metrics that are quantified in different ways and combined into various comprehensive testing packages. This seminar will review the process of selecting a health test, obtaining your data, and interpreting your results. Topics will include: (i) health testing services, (ii) an overview of health metrics, (iii) sampling considerations, and (iv) making the best use of your data. All soil health metrics have limitations, which will be discussed alongside current efforts to standardize and refine our approaches to soil health testing. An emphasis will be given to how the activity and composition of soil microbiota is shaping our understanding of healthy soilsFind all the webinars listed at https://eorganic.org/node/35542
Sponsors

Tomato Organic Management and Improvement Project (TOMI) funded by NIFA-OREI
Carrot Improvement for Organic Agriculture Project (CIOA) funded by NIFA-OREI
Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Urban Soil Health Program
Purdue University Extension
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Nov 16, 2022 11:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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