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An Illustrated Manual on Soil Health Assessment Protocols and Management Options for Training and Outreach

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The Cornell Soil Health Team has made considerable progress in promoting soil health literacy, developing cost-effective protocols for assessing the health status of soils in New York, demonstrating soil health management options, and conducting hands-on trainings and workshops. The Cornell Soil Health Team has prepared and will soon disseminate an illustrated, user-friendly, color manual on soil health constraints, assessment protocols and management practices for improving the health status of soils in New York State and the Northeast region. The primary purpose of the manual is to: 1) provide an overview of the concept of soil health;2) describe soil constraints and soil quality issues common to soils in New York and the Northeast region, especially in vegetable and field crop production systems; 3) provide guidelines on how-to conduct in-field soil health assessment;4) provide an overview of laboratory methods used to assess the health status of soil; 5) identify management options for improving soil health based on identified constraints ;6) increase awareness of and literacy on soil health issues; and 7) provide a list of additional resources on soil health and soil health related topics.

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2006

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New York State IPM Program

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Agricultural IPM; Vegetables; Communications

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