Resources for Measuring Soil Health

Measuring Soil Health

The Soil Health Institute and Soil Health Partnership have endorsed a number of soil health measurements. Examples of the specific Tier 1 measures include nutrient levels, organic carbon, pH and available water-holding capacity. Testing soil on a regular basis and using these indicators can help you best manage your crop and soil.

For more information on soil health metrics, visit the Soil Health Institute website.

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Information on the farmer-led Soil Health Partnership and their on-farm trials:

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4R Nutrient Stewardship

  • 4R Plus Educational Modules developed by The Fertilizer Institute, Natural Resources Conservation Service, International Plant Nutrition Institute and Iowa State University. There are CCA CEUs tied to each module.
  • The Fertilizer Institute
  • International Plant Nutrition Institute

Research Shows Farmers Believe Soil Health Improves Profitability

New market research shows Iowa farmers are interested in working with their lenders to better understand and realize the benefits of soil health that improve crop yields and long-term profitability.

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Economics of Soil Health Systems in Iowa

This project, conducted by the Soil Health Institute and Cargill, involved interviewing 10 Iowa farmers using 4R Plus practices like no-till and cover crops. Farmers reported improved profitability using a soil health management system.

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