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Title: Soil health in grasslands: Are there relevant comparisons with croplands?

item Franzluebbers, Alan

Submitted to: Society for Range Management Meeting Abstracts
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/2/2016
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Interest has grown recently in the concept of soil health, particularly with the promotion of multi-species cover crops in croplands. The concept of soil health embodies earlier efforts on soil quality, but places additional emphasis on the soil biological component of a three-pronged approach to characterize soil physical, chemical, and biological attributes, as influenced by management. Soil organic matter quantity, quality, and depth distribution are key attributes that influence many of the physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes of interest. Therefore, a focus on soil organic matter characteristics is important to describe soil health. How soil organic carbon and nitrogen are influenced in quantity, quality, and depth distribution will be discussed in this presentation. Management approaches that influence these soil organic matter characteristics will be described and reviewed for comparability with management approaches and their effects on soil organic matter in croplands.