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SPES-408P

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Authored by Sapana Pokhrel, Graduate Student, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; Rory O. Maguire, Professor and Extension Specialist, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; Wade E. Thomason, Professor and Extension Specialist, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech; and Ryan D. Stewart, Associate Professor, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

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The way of looking at the function of soil has shifted over time, and is distinct from soil fertility, which focuses on nutrients for optimum crop yield and profit, or soil quality, which considers soil chemical and physical properties, analogous to air and water quality. Soil health combines and extends these concepts to consider how soil management practices can be used to prevent soil erosion, develop soil structure, increase soil carbon and water holding capacity, and enhance biodiversity. More important, soil health can be used as a guiding framework to address larger socio-economic and environmental concerns.


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Publication Date

October 18, 2022