Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Simple method to estimate soil quality (#journal)

A Rapid, Farmer-Friendly Agroecological Method to Estimate Soil Quality and Crop Health in Vineyard Sy

We describe a practical methodology to rapidly assess the soil  quality  and  crop health  of   vineyard using  simple indicators chosen, applied and interpreted jointly by farmers and researchers. Field measurements are made on agroecosystem properties that reflect soil quality and plant health.      The  results allow farmers to monitor  the evolution of the same agroecosystem along a timeline, or make comparisons between farms.        By applying the methodology simultaneously to several farms it is possible to visualize which farms exhibit low or high values of sustainability. With some modifications, this methodology is applicable to a broad range of agroecosystems in various eco-regions.

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