Peltohavaintoja - aistinvarainen tarkastelu maan kasvukunnon mittarina

Translated title of the contribution: Field observations - visual evaluation as an indicator of soil health

Tuomas J Mattila, Jukka Rajala, Ritva Mynttinen

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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 contributionField observations - visual evaluation as an indicator of soil health
Original languageFinnish
Place of PublicationMikkeli
PublisherHelsingin yliopisto Ruralia-instituutti
Number of pages60
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-51-3780-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

NameRaportteja / Helsingin yliopisto Ruralia institutti
PublisherHelsingin yliopisto Ruralia instituutti
ISSN (Electronic)1796-0630

Fields of Science

  • 4111 Agronomy

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