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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Soil Health Workshop

Nov 14, 2016, 9:00am - 4:00pm
200 Food Ag and Bio Engineering, OARDC, 1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691
Steve Culman

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. This workshop is intended for those who have a basic-intermediate understanding of soils and agronomy.

To register: Please email Stefanie Richardson at and include your name, title, and organization. Priority will be given to OSUE Educators, but if space permits, we can accommodate others.

Questions about the programs can be directed to Steve Culman at

November 14th Soil Health Inservice Schedule

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

This workshop is free to attend, and sponsored by Ohio-SARE, Ceres Trust and OSU Extension