Resources

Information, links, and videos to help you advance soil health. Please be in touch if you have any suggestions.

Cornell Soil Health Lab

The Cornell Soil Health Testing Laboratory is the home of the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health (CASH):

The Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health is designed for farmers, gardeners, agricultural service providers, landscape managers and researchers who want to go beyond simply testing the nutrient levels of their soils. Visit website.

Download a copy of the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health for viewing online.

Download a copy of the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health for printing.

Order a hardcopy of the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health manual.

Learn more about soil health testing services available at the Cornell Soil Health Lab.

Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab

The lab is located at Cornell University, conducts field research at Cornell’s Musgrave Research Farm in Aurora, NY and with local organic farmers:

Matt Ryan, assistant professor and New York Soil Health co-PI, works with farmers, students, and other scientists to evaluate cropping system performance in terms of crop yield, profitability, environmental impact, and resilience. Visit website.

Cover Crop Guide for New York Vegetable Growers

This is an online tool to help you quickly narrow the choices of cover crop for your situation. 

Prof. Thomas Björkman in the Horticulture Section at Cornell University developed this resource. Visit website.

USDA-SARE Resources

These case studies document adoption of soil health management practices. 

Building Soils for Better Crops – A practical guide to ecological soil management that provides step-by-step information on soil-improving practices as well as in-depth background—from what soil is, to the importance of organic matter.

Managing Cover Crops Profitably – Explores how and why cover crops work, and provides all the information needed to build cover crops into any farming operation.

Crop Rotation on Organic Farms – In-depth review of the applications of crop rotation-including improving soil quality and health, and managing pests, diseases, and weeds.

Steel in the Field – A Farmer’s Guide to Weed Management Tools

Northeast SARE’s network of state coordinators–housed at each land grant university throughout the region–conduct train-the-trainer programs and share information about our grant programs and other sustainable agriculture resources in their respective states. Learn more.

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