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Soils at Guelph is an effort to increase awareness of research initiatives, facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange among stakeholders, and to educate on the importance of soil health. 

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July 19, 2021

Person handling dead leaves in a fall cover crop

Hold your P! Measuring phosphorus loss from cover crops

Phosphorus is an essential nutrient for plant growth – including the algae that grow in …

June 7, 2021


You can’t stay on the mountaintop forever. After an incredible start to 2021 with the …

June 4, 2021

Estimating soil’s ability to hold water by combining field sensor measurements

Reem Zeitoun, Mark Vandergeest, Hiteshkumar Bhogilal Vasava, Pedro Vitor Ferrari Machado, Sean Jordan, Gary Parkin, …

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Recent Projects

The Soil Microbiome: Linking Soil Biodiversity to Soil Health and Ecosystem Services

Understanding the microbial world in the soil is key to finding sustainable agricultural practices that work to protect the environment. Using a unique approach that combines the disciplines of soil science and molecular biology, we are able to quantif …


Precision Agronomy Cover Crops by Soil Type and their Soil Health Footprint

Agricultural research has been known for carrying out studies on small plots. The arrival of precision ag technologies potentially allows rigorous, replicated studies to scale up to cover whole farm fields, spanning multiple soil types and landscape po …


Improving Cover Crop Management: Cover Crop Mixtures With Different Termination Methods

Integration and management of cover crops is challenging due to the immediate time and cost constraints while potential benefits may be long-term. Adjusting cover crop production methods may balance these challenges while meeting producer goals. But th …


Recent Publications

Winter phosphorus release from cover crops and linkages with runoff chemistry

Nutrient release from living and terminated cover crops under variable freeze-thaw cycles

In-situ estimation of soil water retention curve in silt loam and loamy sand soils at different soil depths