This module covers: soil health field indicators, soil health testing, and management practices to improve soil health
Learning objectives: Participants will be able to identify different types of field indicators for soil health assessment, perform different soil health assessments in the field, identify laboratory analyses for further testing, and identify solutions for different adverse soil health factors.
Curriculum Materials – Soil Health For Sustainable Agriculture:
- Presentation slides
- Participant handout
- Lesson guide – provides informative notes, test questions, and an evaluation form.
More Information from other specialists:
- References and Additional Resources for Biomass Training Curriculum
- Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Learning Center Resources:
- Building Soils for Better Crops: Sustainable Soil Management – available as online text, downloadable PDF, or for sale as a book
- Cover Crop Topic Room
- Soil Management
- Soil Quality/Health
- Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health – Cornell University
- USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service Resources:
- Soil and Fertility Management in Organic Farming Systems – Resources from specialists across the U.S. – eXtension.org
- Soil Health and Compost Information for Vegetable and Berry Growers – Index, Vermont Vegetable and Berry Growers
Module Author Jason de Koff is an Associate Professor of Agronomy and Soil Science for Tennessee State University’s Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. His research focuses on bioenergy crop production, with specific interests in switchgrass and winter canola production. His extension training programs and educational resources provide current bioenergy production information to producers. Find his latest on Twitter: @TSUBioenergy
These training resources are freely available for educational purposes under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Please provide attribution: The Biomass Energy Training Curriculum by Jason de Koff, Tennessee State University; funded by Southern SARE.
If you wish to adapt these curriculum materials for your own educational purposes, please contact the Curriculum Author for permission and files: