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dc.creatorGranatstein, David
dc.creatorBezdicek, D. F.
dc.description.abstractOur knowledge of soil is based primarily on quantitative analysis of isolated physical, chemical, and biological properties. However, the interaction of these quantitative aspects determines soil quality. Integrative tools are needed by researchers, farmers, regulators, and others to evaluate changes in soil quality from human activity at a local and global level. An index needs to be adaptable to local or regional conditions. For example, the parameters needed to determine changes in soil quality may differ between a semi-arid wheat field and a rice paddy. Suitable reference points and optimum ranges are needed for soil quality attributes. The present challenge is to integrate a suite of soil tests into a meaningful index that correlates with productivity, environmental, and health goals.
dc.publisherAmerican Journal of Alternative Agriculture
dc.rightsIn copyright
dc.subjectSoil health
dc.subjectSoil condition
dc.subjectSoil analysis
dc.titleThe need for a soil quality index: local and regional perspectives
dc.description.citationGranatstein, D. and D.F. Bezdicek. 1992. The need for a soil quality index: local and regional perspectives. Amer. J. Alternative Agriculture 7:12-16.

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    This collection features educational and research materials created by David Granatstein, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist in the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at Washington State University.

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