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Soil health and soil quality are two terms that are often used interchangeably. Both are used to refer to an assessment of how well a soil performs or responds to all its functions. The inherent health of a soil is a function of:
Soil health is dynamic. Soil is a living system and constantly changing with time, conditions and management.
The goal of this Soil Health Quiz is to examine the health of your soil and document the level of health over time. This allows you to track the impact of your management practices as you work to protect and improve the agricultural productivity.
Figure 1. Crops grow better and more uniform in a healthy soil.
Figure 2. Roots, water and air move better through a well aggregated soil.
Figure 3. Eroded knolls caused by tillage erosion.
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Soil Health Quiz
This Soil Health Quiz (adopted for Ontario) is a basic field use assessment of soil health and quality, requiring simple observation of the soil properties in the field.
There are a series of Soil Health Quizzes and Cards that have been developed in a variety of locations across North America. They have been developed to represent a specific geographical area and may not translate to other areas well.
You can take a look at some of these at the US Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Quality Institute website click here.
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