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The Muencheberg Soil Quality Rating (SQR)

{Tool} The Muencheberg Soil Quality Rating (SQR). Creator(s): Mueller, Lothar; Schindler, Uwe; Behrendt, Axel; Eulenstein, Frank and Dannowski, Ralf. Issuing Organisation(s): Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research ZALF. (2007)

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Online at: http://www.zalf.de/de/forschung_lehre/publikationen/Documents/Publikation_Mueller_L/field_mueller.pdf

Summary

The Muencheberg Soil Quality Rating (M-SQR) is a simple and fast semi-quantitative method, which can be used by farmers and advisors. This field scoring method is used to analyse soil properties that limit crop yields and crop productivity potentials. Potential applications of the method are soil resource planning, guiding land purchase, and assessment of sustainability and environmental impacts of land use.
Ratings of soil quality are made during common soil survey mainly by applying visual methods of soil quality. Only a minimum of equipment is required for the field assessment. A field manual provides rating tables based on response curves and thresholds for basic indicators and different hazard indicators (such as risk of drought).
Finally, overall soil quality rating scores ranging from 0 (worst) to 100 (best) characterise crop yield potentials. The current approach is valid for grassland and cropland.
The M-SQR matches with other dynamic soil quality assessments as VSA.
This manual is not valid for some extremely particular soil and cropping conditions, as paddy rice systems and hazards as frost, fire and wind.


EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Field manual for detecting and assessing soil properties and limitation
What problem does the tool address?:Soil depletion and productivity losses
What solution does the tool offer?:Evaluating soil properties and quality through visual assessment
Country:Germany
Type of Practice Tool:Calculation tools
Theme:Soil quality and fertility
Keywords:arable farming, crop yield, soil compaction, soil degradation, soil fertility, soil organic matter, soil quality, soil structure
Keywords:arable farming, crop yield, soil compaction, soil degradation, soil fertility, soil organic matter, soil quality, soil structure
Agrovoc keywords:
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Englisharable farminghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36528
Englishcrop yieldhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_10176
Englishsoil compactionhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7163
Englishsoil degradationhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7168
Englishsoil fertilityhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7170
Englishsoil propertieshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_330883
Englishsoil organic matterhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_35657
Englishsoil structurehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7196
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Soil
Research affiliation: European Union > OK-Net Arable
Related Links:http://www.zalf.de
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Rasmussen, Ilse Ankjær
ID Code:30579
Deposited On:04 Jan 2017 20:30
Last Modified:25 Jan 2019 13:59
Document Language:English
Status:Published

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