Soil Health Institute Recommends Measures for Assessing Soil Health

The Soil Health Institute (SHI) announced its recommended measurements for assessing soil health: 1) soil organic carbon concentration, 2) carbon mineralization potential, and 3) aggregate stability. The recommendation is based on results of a three-year, $6.5-million project to identify effective measurements for soil health across North America, in which SHI partnered with more than 100 scientists at 124 long-term agricultural research sites. Although many measurements are effective for assessing soil health from a research perspective, these three recommended measures also score well in terms of cost, practicality, availability, redundancy, and other filters. Details on SHI’s recommended protocols for sampling and analyzing soils are described on its website.