Soil Management Search Terms

The following is a list of soil management terms used to index Resources and Learning searches.

Composting: The biodecomposition of organic material, such as animal wastes, plant residues or sludges by controlled methods including mechanical mixing and aerating.

Earthworms: The burrowing and feeding activity of earthworms have numerous benefits for soil quality and crop production, and their populations are affected by many management practices.

Green Manures: Crops grown to be incorporated into the soil to increase soil quality, fertility and structure.

Nutrient Mineralization: The process by which soil organisms change organic elements into the mineral or inorganic form as they decompose organic matter.

Organic Matter: Matter composed of organic compounds that has come from the remains of dead organisms such as plants and animals and their waste products.

Soil Analysis: The amount of plant-available nutrients in a sample of soil, its pH and other characteristics, as determined by a soil test.

Soil Chemistry: The study of the chemical characteristics of soil.

Soil Microbiology: The study of microorganisms in the soil, their functions and how they affect soil properties.

Soil Physics: The study of the physical properties and processes associated with soil.

Soil Quality/Health: The capacity of a specific kind of soil to function, within natural or managed ecosystem boundaries, to sustain plant and animal productivity, maintain or enhance water and air quality, and support human health and habitation.

Toxic Status Mitigation