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Assessing soil health indicators in an organically managed grassland

Pommeresche, Reidun; Hansdotter, Sara and Rittl, Tatiana F. (2023) Assessing soil health indicators in an organically managed grassland. Poster at: Reidun Pommeresche. [draft]

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Overall, the permanent pasture had somewhat better soil health, based on higher values for a higher numbers of the selected soil health indicators, than the grass-clover leys (Fig.3). To visualize the results from several indicators together in a participatory manner, we normalised the data for each soil indicator. By doing so, we obtained an overall “soil health diagram” that farmers and advisors can interpret and use in the discussion of soil health.
Conclusion: Assessment and graphic visualization of several indicators and fields altogether seems useful in the discussion about soil health on farm level. Depending on the purpose of the assessment, a visual evaluation of the topsoil by digging and discussing in field is recommended to complement the selected indicators. More field data is needed to obtain “reference levels” for interpretation of soil health, and for a better understanding of optimal or low values of soil health indicators between cropping systems and management.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Poster
Keywords:soil health indicator, soil health, soil biology, on farm assessment, KBEP, jordbiologi, organisk materiale, eng, jordhelse, jordtester
Agrovoc keywords:
soil health -> soil quality
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Dairy cattle
Soil > Soil quality
Farming Systems
Soil > Soil quality > Soil biology
Values, standards and certification > Assessment of impacts and risks
Research affiliation: Norway > NORSØK - Norwegian Centre for Organic Agriculture
Deposited By: Pommeresche, Reidun
ID Code:52807
Deposited On:14 Mar 2024 07:45
Last Modified:14 Mar 2024 07:45
Document Language:English
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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