Tag: soil health

The term soil health is used to describe the state of a soil in:
Sustaining plant and animal productivity and diversity;
Maintaining or enhance water and air quality;
Supporting human health and habitation.
Soil Health has partly if not largely replaced the expression “Soil Quality” that was extant in the 1990s. The primary difference between the two expressions is that soil quality was focused on individual traits within a functional group, as in “quality of soil for maize production” or “quality of soil for roadbed preparation” and so on. The addition of the word “health” shifted the perception to be integrative, holistic and systematic. The two expressions still overlap considerably.

The Benefits of Engineered Soils

The Benefits of Engineered Soils

Engineered soil: it sounds like a new concept, but one historical record notes it is more than 1,000 years old. In the sixth century AD, a group of ascetic monks left the lush, green mainland of Ireland seeking a new, remote environment to practice their dedication and humility. Braving the

Speak at COMPOST2019—Share Your Work!

Speak at COMPOST2019—Share Your Work!

CALL FOR PAPERS 2019!

The USCC is seeking presenters with recent research or case studies on organics collection, processing or use.

Submit now for the 27th Annual USCC Conference and Trade Show January 28-31, 2019 in Glendale/Phoenix, AZ!
The USCC’s Annual Conference is the premiere professional meeting for composting, organics recycling and related topics. The Conference attracts

Speak at COMPOST2019 – Share Your Work!

Speak at COMPOST2019 – Share Your Work!

The USCC is seeking presenters with recent research or case studies on organics collection, processing or use.

Submit now for the 27th Annual USCC Conference and Trade Show January 28-31, 2019 in Glendale/Phoenix, AZ!
The USCC’s Annual Conference is the premiere professional meeting for composting, organics recycling and related topics. The Conference attracts more than 1,000

Speak at COMPOST2019—Share Your Work!

Speak at COMPOST2019—Share Your Work!

CALL FOR PAPERS 2019!

The USCC is seeking presenters with recent research or case studies on organics collection, processing or use.

Submit now for the 27th Annual USCC Conference and Trade Show January 28-31, 2019 in Glendale/Phoenix, AZ!
The USCC’s Annual Conference is the premiere professional meeting for composting, organics recycling and related topics. The Conference attracts

Editor’s Comments: The Desiccated Future

Editor’s Comments: The Desiccated Future

About a year and a half ago, in the January/February 2017 issue of the magazine, I mentioned predictions from NASA and other organizations that the US is in for a megadrought sometime during this century. A megadrought is one that lasts for decades rather than months or years, and we

Mixing It Up: Intercropping and Soil Health

Mixing It Up: Intercropping and Soil Health

A teaspoon of healthy soil contains more microbes than there are people on the planet. Chances are, though, the spoonful you take from an agricultural field today will have fewer than that; the microbes representing the populations of some of the largest countries—say, China and India combined—might very well be

New White Paper Proposes a Calculation to Determine Optimal Irrigation Volumes for Recycled Water Users in California

WateReuse California and the Southern California Salinity Coalition (SCSC) are pleased to announce the publication of a White Paper entitled, “Accounting for Salinity Leaching in the Application of Recycled Water for Landscape Irrigation,” released in February 2018. The White Paper can be downloaded from the SCSC website at http://www.socalsalinity.org/.

The White

“Keep the Stubble”

“Keep the Stubble”

Don Johnson might have led the trend, way back in the ’80s, toward the stubbled look, but the word is taking on a whole different meaning this month. The Department of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to keep the stubble—that is, the cut stalks left in the field after grain such

Dirt: The Good and the Bad

Dirt: The Good and the Bad

Dirt, soil, seed support media: the material goes by lots of names. As kids, we play in it and track it onto our mothers’ clean floors. As erosion control specialists, we sometimes see it as a nuisance that must be contained or glued down. In revegetation projects, growth is the

Solutions for Healthy Soil

Solutions for Healthy Soil

It’s an entertaining and yet shocking pastime to read vintage advertisements. Today, we shake our heads in amazement at bygone celebrities who extol the relaxing and “digestive benefits” promised by smoking a particular brand of cigarette, at manufacturers who quaintly promote a children’s “lead party” with their paint icons, and

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