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{Tool} SOILapp. [SOILapp.] Creator(s): Barberi, Paolo; Guidotti, Diego; Lazarro, Mariateresa; Conte, Luca and Vakali, Christina. Issuing Organisation(s): School of Advanced Studies Sant'Anna, Institute of Life Sciences, Scuola Esperienziale Itinerante di Agricoltura Biologica, The Greek Network for Biodiversity and Ecology in Agriculture AEGILOPS. (2018)

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Online at: https://soilhealth.capsella.eu/

Summary

SOILHEALTH.CAPSELLA.EU platform supports farmers across Europe in maintaining healthy agricultural soils. The spade-test application on the platform allows self-assessment of soil health using a widely used, qualitative method for performing the observation of soil conditions (spade test). It gives the farmer information on soil fertility and on mechanical operations effects on its structure. Farmers, by using the application for recording their observations, are able to share their findings, learn from each other and seek further advice to the community by working with open software, open data and open hardware.
The spade test application, available for PC, tablet and smartphone, guides the user through an easy touch-enabled interface to define the soil features for different layers in a sample. At the end, summary results highlighting the positive and negative features are given and shared, eventually adding comments and a short description of farm practices.
The application is intended for: single farmers and farmers communities (unions, associations, informal networks); extension services from local authorities; organic and biodynamic certification organisations.
Google Store - Download android version:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.capsella.soilhealth.spade_test&hl=en


EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:A Healthy soil for healthier food. Download the CAPSELLA Soil Health application for free and start monitoring your soil today!
What problem does the tool address?:How to monitor soil health and in particular how to forecast the effect of fertilization practices and other agronomic practices on soil physical, chemical and biological conditions.
What solution does the tool offer?:This application is meant for saving, visualizing and exchanging data on soil health using spade-test method. The application facilitates field data collection but does not substitute the need for accurate observations and for linking those with the history of the site observed. Several variables (soil texture, moisture, mechanical operations, etc.) impact on the interpretation of spade-test observations. Knowledge about the history of the site observed is, then, essential for maximum exploitation of this application potential.
Country:Italy
Type of Practice Tool:Web
Theme:Soil quality and fertility
Keywords:agroecology, arable farming, biodiversity, information tool, soil fertility, soil structure
Keywords:agroecology, arable farming, biodiversity, information tool, information tchnology, soil fertility, soil structure, soil properties
Agrovoc keywords:
LanguageValueURI
Englishagroecologyhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_92381
Englisharable farminghttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36528
Englishbiodiversityhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_33949
Englishinformation technologyhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36660
Englishsoil fertilityhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7170
Englishsoil structurehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7196
Englishsoil propertieshttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_330883
Subjects: Soil
Research affiliation: European Union > OK-Net Arable
Italy > Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa
FP7 Grant Agreement Number:688813
Related Links:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.capsella.soilhealth.spade_test&hl=en
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Jørgensen, Margit
ID Code:32770
Deposited On:19 Mar 2018 12:57
Last Modified:08 Jan 2019 19:31
Document Language:English, Greek/Ellinika, Italian/Italiano
Status:Published

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