Soil health is defined as a balanced, fully-functioning soil system. Traditionally, farming has focused on managing nutrients to keep soils high in productivity. Now, the discussion has shifted to including soil biology. Soil labs are offering new tests, including soil respiration, to gauge soil health.

Watch Will Brinton, Ph.D., owner of Woods End Soil Laboratory and inventor of the Solvita® soil respiration test, use his more than 30 years of experience to explain what is meant by these new tests and how can they can be cost-effectively integrated into common nutrient programs. He shows how a new biological report that combines nutrients and biology together and how it can be used to monitor soil health and improve fertilizer rates.

Key Takeaways:

  • Nutrient-based yield theory has served us well for 150 years
  • Yield stability can be improved with a biological yield model
  • In the United States, farmers and crop consultants have access to new testing tools via soil labs
  • Soil biology is a new frontier to help stabilize yield growth

Self-report this webinar for 1 CEU in Soil & Water Management.

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