Sustainable Soil Management


This publication covers basic soil properties and management steps toward building and maintaining healthy soils. Part I deals with basic soil principles and provides an understanding of living soils and how they work. In this section you will find answers to why soil organisms and organic matter are important. Part II covers management steps to build soil quality on your farm. The last section looks at farmers who have successfully built up their soil. The publication concludes with a large resource section of other available information.

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Table of Contents

Part I. Characteristics of Sustainable Soils
The Living Soil: Texture and Structure
The Living Soil: The Importance of Soil Organisms
Organic Matter, Humus, and the Soil Foodweb
Soil Tilth and Organic Matter
Tillage, Organic Matter, and Plant Productivity
Fertilizer Amendments and Biologically Active Soils
Conventional Fertilizers
Top$oil—Your Farm$ Capital
Summary of Part I

Summary of Sustainable Soil Management Principles
Part II. Management Steps to Improve Soil Quality
Part III. Examples of Successful Soil Builders (Farmer Profiles)
Additional Resources

Additional Information
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Digital, Physical