Soil health informational survey
The goal of this informal survey is to gauge what people find to be the most useful metrics of soil health and what their top 3-5 metrics would be to measure and track. The audience includes (1) Producers interested in or working on building soil health; (2) Carbon markets, off-takers, corporate supply chain; (3) Scientists. The answers will be used to inform the work of Carbon180 (a non-profit organization working to promote the implementation of soil health practices in western agricultural operations) and local partners. Thank you so much for your time.
Which of these most closely apply to you? Select 1-3
If none of the options above apply, what do you do?
Your answer
Are you currently using a tool or monitoring methodology to track soil health or other measures of ecosystem health?
Which monitoring protocol are you using? (ex: bulls eye method, transect method for monitoring rangeland health)
Your answer
Please rank the following soil health metrics as most (5) to least (1) relevant to your professional work?
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Soil organic carbon
Soil organic matter
Soil water holding capacity
pH
Soil nutrient concentrations
Nitrogen concentrations
Phosphorus concentration
Aggregate stability
Infiltration rates
Bulk density
Soil Health Score (Haney Test)
Soil fauna (e.g., mites, springtails, earthworms)
Microbial biomass
Microbial diversity
Phospholipid fatty acids
Soil enzyme activity
Rooting depth
Carbon mineralization rates
Nitrogen mineralization rates
EC (electric conductivity)
Groundcover
Plant community composition
Please rank the following soil health metrics as easiest (5) to most challenging (1) to measure?
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Soil organic carbon
Soil organic matter
Soil water holding capacity
pH
Soil nutrient concentrations
Nitrogen concentrations
Phosphorus concentration
Aggregate stability
Infiltration rates
Soil Health Score (Haney Test)
Bulk density
Soil fauna (e.g., mites, springtails, earthworms)
Microbial biomass
Microbial diversity
Phospholipid fatty acids
Soil enzyme activity
Rooting depth
Carbon mineralization rates
Nitrogen mineralization rates
EC (electric conductivity)
Groundcover
Plant community composition
Please rank the following soil health metrics* as most useful (5) to least useful (1) in guiding management or procurement decisions? Here is a potentially useful analogy - if you were feeling off and walked into the ER, what would you want to know as an index of your health (what tests would be most useful to tell you if you are sick or not?)
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Soil organic carbon
Soil organic matter
Soil water holding capacity
pH
Soil nutrient concentrations
Nitrogen concentrations
Phosphorus concentration
Aggregate stability
Infiltration rates
Soil Health Score (Haney Test)
Bulk density
Soil fauna (e.g., mites, springtails, earthworms)
Microbial biomass
Microbial diversity
Phospholipid fatty acids
Soil enzyme activity
Rooting depth
Carbon mineralization rates
Nitrogen mineralization rates
EC (electric conductivity)
Groundcover
Plant Community Composition
If you answered "other" above, what would be the most useful soil health metrics for you to know and/or measure for your work?
Your answer
Can we follow up with you for additional information?
If yes, please include your name and best way to contact you.
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