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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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August 6, 2020

Pulling aside a straw mulch to see the soil

Lasting impact: The secret is in the soil

First published in Farmtario: This article is part two of a three-part series highlighting …

August 6, 2020

View of the crop rotation experimental plots at the Elora Crops Research Centre

Lasting impact: The penalty of poor rotation

First published in Farmtario: This article is part one of a three-part series highlighting …

July 24, 2020

Red clover blossoms in a field

What’s the matter with red clover?

Cameron Ogilvie, Cora Loucks, Heather Beach, Peter Johnson, and Ralph Martin. 2020. Survey of interseeded …

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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

Survey of interseeded red clover management and perceived challenges by Ontario wheat growers

It takes three to tango: the importance of microbes, host plant, and soil management to elucidate manipulation strategies for the plant microbiome

Soil organic matter as catalyst of crop resource capture