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2016 OARDC Soil Health Workshop

The purpose of this workshop will be to expose educators to concepts of soil health and gain some experience and familiarity with particular tests, how they are measured and what they functionally reflect in the soil. The format will be informal lectures coupled with hands-on experience in the laboratory running the tests. The full schedule is below. Priority will be given to OSUE Educators, but if space permits, we can accommodate others.

Cost: Free to attend, sponsored by Ohio-SARE and Ceres Trust

Location: 123 Williams Hall, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691,

To register: Please email Tunsisa Hurisso at and indicate:

Your name, contact info and position at OSU
Date available (April 21 preferred, April 21 only, April 27 preferred, April 27 only, either date works for you)

Spots are limited, so please register early.

Hope to see you there-
OSU Soil Health Team

2016 OARDC Soil Health Inservice Training Schedule

Dates: April 21st or 27th

Location: 123 Williams Hall, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691

Time Topic Presenter
8:30 – 9:00 Registration and Coffee  
9:00 – 9:30 Soil Health Overview – Why’s, What’s and How’s Steve Culman
9:30 – 10:00 Commercially Available Soil Health Tests and Their Associated Frameworks John Obrycki
10:00 – 10:45 Measurements of Total Soil Organic Matter
Organic Matter and OSU Soil Organic Matter Calculator
Vinayak Shedekar
10:45 – 11:00 Break  
11:00 – 11:30 Measurements of Soil Biology & Biochemistry
Available Carbon
Active Carbon, Microbial Biomass, Particulate Organic Matter
Rafiq Islam
11:30 – 12:00 Available N
NO3- & NH4+, Mineralizable N, Amino Sugar, & Soil Proteins
Anthony Fulford
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch  
12:30 – 1:00 Microbial Activity
Respiration, Soil Enzymes, Microbial Communities
Tunsisa Hurriso
1:00 – 1:30 Measurements of Soil Physical Structure
Aggregate Stability, Infiltration, Available Water Content, Penetration Resistance
Vijay Chaganti
1:30 – 3:30 Hands-On Demonstrations -- four stations, 30 minutes each:
1) Active Carbon  2) Soil Protein  3) Respiration  4) Aggregate Stability
3:30 – 4:00 Questions, Discussion & Final Wrap Up Steve Culman