Location: Cropping Systems and Water Quality ResearchTitle: Developments in soil health assessment and interpretation
Submitted to: University of Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station Publication
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/7/2021
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: It is widely recognized that a robust, continental-scale soil health assessment tool is needed to promote adoption of soil health practices for improved environmental outcomes and more sustainable agroecosystems. Therefore, a team of scientists is developing a new soil health interpretation tool called the Soil Health Assessment Protocol and Evaluation (SHAPE). This tool is a flexible, robust, and user-friendly framework grounded in the principles of soil science. Thus far, scoring curves for soil organic carbon, active carbon, soil respiration, and total protein have been developed. This approach is the first step in providing scientifically-motivated guidance to producers on how land management affects soil health.