Tipsheet: Assessing the Soil Resource for Beginning Organic Farmers

It is important for farmers, especially organic farmers, to understand how to assess their soils in order to better manage them. Assessing your soils through both field and lab observations can identify limitations in your soil and help guide soil-management decisions. Organic production practices depend heavily on good soil management to support plant health, as well as to support the health of the agricultural ecosystem. An important component of good soil management in an organic system is understanding how to manage nutrients. This tipsheet will touch on all these facets and provide resources for further education on this complex topic.

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