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The Cornell Soil Health Assessment Training Manual:

  • Provides an overview of the concept of soil health.
  • Describes soil constraints and soil quality issues common to soils in New York and the Northeast region, especially in vegetable and field crop production systems.
  • Provides guidelines on how to conduct in-field qualitative and quantitative soil health assessment.
  • Provides a how-to guide for proper soil sampling.
  • Provides an overview of laboratory methods used to assess the health status of soil, the soil health report, and their interpretation. Note that this version of the manual does not yet include the two new indicators added in 2014: Soil Respiration and Soil Protein. Also we have a new, more comprehensive format for the Cornell Soil Health Test Reports.
  • Identifies management strategies for improving soil health based on measured constraints.
  • Provides links to additional soil health and soil management resources.