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.

 

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 

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/

 

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