Evaluating soil health

The Soil Health Institute (SHI), which is charged with safeguarding and enhancing the vitality and productivity of soil through scientific research and advancement, has released the initial methods cooperating scientists will use to assess soil health indicators as they move toward standardization of soil health measurements.

According to Dr. Steven Shafer, Chief Scientific Officer of SHI, the lack of widely-applicable measurements and methods for assessing soil health are significant barriers to adopting soil health practices and systems. Continue reading

Got Weeds? Manage Your Soil

With more and more weeds becoming resistant to herbicides, many experts are recommending a return to a set of practices called integrated weed management (IWM). Like integrated pest management, IWM relies on the biology of the pest—in this case, the weed—to reduce weed populations to manageable levels and prevent future weed introduction. IWM refers to the integrated use of cultural, physical, biological and chemical control strategies to contain or eradicate a population of weeds.

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