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Visual soil assessment: field guide for cropping

{Tool} Visual soil assessment: field guide for cropping. Creator(s): Shepherd, Graham. Issuing Organisation(s): Landcare Research. (2000)

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Online at: http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/28676/VSA_Volume1_smaller.pdf


Visual assessments provide an immediate diagnostic tool to evaluate soil quality, as many physical, biological (and to a lesser degree chemical) soil characteristics show up as visual characteristics. Results are easy to interpret and understand.
The Visual Soil Assessment (VSA) method has been developed to help land managers assess soil quality easily, quickly, reliably and cheaply on a paddock scale. It requires little equipment, training or technical skills.
Part I, “VSA of soil quality under cropping” uses a score card for soil indicators and for plant indicators. The different indicators and states of condition are shown in photos which enables a direct and qualitative on-field scoring and assessment.
Assessing and monitoring soil quality on your farm with VSA, and following guidelines for prevention or recovery of soil degradation, can help you develop and implement sustainable land management practices.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Score your soil using soil and plant indicators
What problem does the tool address?:Soil degradation (chemical, biological, physical), productivity loss
What solution does the tool offer?:Visual assessment of origin of soil degradation and promotion of sustainable practices
Country:New Zealand
Type of Practice Tool:Books & reports
Theme:Soil quality and fertility
Keywords:arable farming, diagnostic tool, soil degradation, soil fertility, soil organic matter, soil pH, soil quality, soil structure
Keywords:arable farming, measuring instruments, monitoring and evaluation, soil degradation, soil fertility, soil organic matter, soil pH, soil quality, soil structure
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Englishsoil organic matterhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_35657
Englishsoil pHhttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_34901
Englishsoil structurehttp://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_7196
Subjects: Soil > Soil quality
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net Arable
Related Links:http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/home, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/30582
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Rasmussen, Ilse Ankjær
ID Code:30582
Deposited On:04 Jan 2017 20:29
Last Modified:24 Nov 2020 08:31
Document Language:English

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