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Building a robust Ontario Soil Health Database, together

June 5, 2024  By Kathryn Carter, OMAFRA

Soil health refers to the soil’s ability “to support crop growth without becoming degraded or otherwise harming the environment” (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada). It is typically evaluated by examining chemical, physical, and biological properties that serve as indicators of how well the soil functions. With repeated measurements, farm managers can track changes in soil health over time. Changes in soil health associated with implementing soil health-building typically occur over many years.

Want to monitor your orchard/vineyard’s soil health for FREE? Then consider participating in the Soils At Guelph SHAP Ground Truthing Project.  SHAP is OMAFRA’s made-in-Ontario tool for Soil Health Assessment and Planning. More info on SHAP Framework. Soils At Guelph is working together with OMAFRA and others in the province to build a robust SHAP database with Ontario agricultural lands.



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