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Soil health is a complex whole, which includes biological, chemical and physical factors. This makes it challenging to measure. One approach for measurement is to make a series of observations and try to synthetize these into an overall picture of the functioning of the soil ecosystem. Observations can be made on a general level, for example on the drying of soil or plant emergence. However observations can also be made in a systematic fashion using a defined evaluation methodology.
Evaluation methodologies have been in use since early 1900s, but they have been further developed during the 2000s. Currently the methods have matured to a stage, where they provide reliable results which can be used to compare fields and the development of a single field over time.
This report presents a group of the most common evaluation methodologies and also results from applying them to 24 fields over 3 years. The visual evaluation results are compared also to measurements from the same fields. The report contains many photographs from different field situations, which can be used to develop obser
|Translated title of the contribution||Field observations - visual evaluation as an indicator of soil health|
|Place of Publication||Mikkeli|
|Publisher||Helsingin yliopisto Ruralia-instituutti|
|Number of pages||60|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|MoE publication type||D4 Published development or research report or study|
|Name||Raportteja / Helsingin yliopisto Ruralia institutti|
|Publisher||Helsingin yliopisto Ruralia instituutti|
Fields of Science
- 4111 Agronomy
04/11/2015 → 31/12/2019
Project: Research project