University of Maryland Extension

Resources

Below are resources and links to other sites with research-based information on the principles and farming practices that can improve the health of your farm soils.

 

Maryland Soil Health Card

A user-friendly tool for evaluating a field's soil health. Please note that four attachments are included in the linked PDF file, and can be accessed by clicking the paperclip icon when viewed in Adobe Acrobat. How-to demonstration video here: https://ter.ps/SHcardVid

 

Maryland Cover Crop Design Workbook

Helps design cover crop recommendations that meet the requirements of NRCS and MACS cover crop incentive programs. Search for  “Cover Crop MD 340 Design Workbook”

 

Cornell Soil Health Lab

 

Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Health Portal

Gateway to all NRCS Soil Health resources, including videos, technical publications, and fact sheets

NRCS Soil Health logo 

NRCS Cover Crop Chart

Assists producers with decisions on the use of cover crops in crop and forage production systems with info on 66 species

Cover Crop Chart

NRCS Web Soil Survey

Online soil mapping tool; very powerful with many features and data sets; takes a while to learn

http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/App/HomePage.htm

 

UC Davis Soil Resource Lab: SoilWeb

Online soil mapping tool (also works well on smartphone browser); more user friendly than Web Soil Survey

http://casoilresource.lawr.ucdavis.edu/gmap/

 

National Conference on Cover Crops and Soil Health

Materials from 2014 national conference with focus on cover crops

http://www.sare.org/Events/National-Conference-on-Cover-Crops-and-Soil-Health

 

Building Soils for Better Crops

An in depth handbook on managing farmland for soil health; available free online or hard copy for purchase

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Building-Soils-for-Better-Crops-3rd-Edition

 

Cover Crops Topic Room (USDA Sustainable Ag Research & Education)

Extensive written and video resources on cover crops

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Topic-Rooms/Cover-Crops

 

Managing Cover Crops Profitably (USDA Sustainable Ag Research & Education)

An in depth handbook on maintaining profitability while using cover crops

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Managing-Cover-Crops-Profitably-3rd-Edition

 

NRCS Local Service Center Directory

Tool for contacting your local NRCS office

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/contact/local/

 

Solvita

User Friendly Soil Respiration Test

http://solvita.com/

 

Soil Health Self Evaluation Tool

An interactive questionnaire to help producers evaluate their soil health management strategies

https://ter.ps/SHeval

 

Haney test (Ward Laboratories)

Soil Health test lab

https://www.wardlab.com/soil-health.php

 

Northeast Cover Crop Council

A regional research-driven group promoting cover crop adoption and best practices; online decision tool in development

http://northeastcovercrops.com/

 

NRCS Cover Crop Economic Analysis Tool

Economic assessment tool to assess the costs and benefits of incorporating cover crops into a crop rotation

https://ter.ps/CvrCrpEcon

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