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Developing soil health indicators for improved soil management on farm

Code: 9781801461962
Elizabeth Stockdale, NIAB, UK; Paul Hargreaves, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), UK; and Anne Bhogal, ADAS Gleadthorpe, UK

Chapter synopsis: Whilst there is a growing range of ways to measure individual soil physical chemical and biological properties, a particular concern of scientists, policy makers and farmers is the lack of robust, practical measures of soil health that can be used to describe the current state of soil, underpin decision-making and support better management on farms. This chapter describes the indicators and frameworks for soil health that are currently in use; evaluates the principles underpinning current approaches to monitoring soil quality/health in agricultural systems; and shows these principles have been applied in the development of a practical soil health toolkit for use by UK farmers in measuring soil health on their farms.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2020.0079.22
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Frameworks from policy and practice where soils are considered 3 Approaches to monitoring soil quality/health in agricultural systems 4 Case study: developing a practical and relevant soil health toolkit for UK agricultural soils 5 Conclusion and future trends 6 Where to look for further information 7 Acknowledgement 8 References

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