In the Soil Science Society of America Blog "Soils Matter" experts explain why soil beds get so compacted, and what can be done to keep them healthy. They even use blocks to breakdown the important parts of soil: water, organic matter, mineral materials, and how they should "stack" to demonstrate a healthy soil.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Watershed Health Assessment Framework provides a comprehensive look at Minnesota's watershed and environmental information in the form of an interactive map. The map includes information on:
A new certification is available from the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The Certified Soil Technician (CST) will allow individuals working professionally with soil an opportunity for career advancement. CST requires passing the fundamentals in soil science exam and three years of experience.
As we emerge from winter, and start planting for the summer the Soil Science Society of America published some tips - from the soil scientist perspective - for your perfect raised bed garden. Have you considered if your raised bed garden will a permanent or temporary structure? When was the last time you assessed your garden's soil health? These tips will give your plants room to grow, and keep your harvest safe from soil contaminants!