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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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March 26, 2020

Three different land uses: forest, arable, and pasture

Impact of Pastures and Forages on Soil Organic Carbon in the Great Clay Belt of Northern Ontario

Article written by Cameron Ford, Marketing & Development Coordinator, Northern Ontario Farm Innovation AllianceReposted with …

March 11, 2020

Managing cover crops in Ontario – north, south, east, and west

A new multi-year, multi-site cover crop research project is kicking off this spring in Ontario. …

March 2, 2020

Breaking apart a soil aggregate

Finding a trusted soil health test

Hargreaves, S.K., P. DeJong, K. Laing, T. McQuail and L.L. Van Eerd. 2019. Management sensitivity, …

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Recent Projects

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 …


Quantifying Structural Stability of Agricultural Soils in Ontario

Soil compaction and surface crusting degrade soil structure, reducing aeration and root penetration, and ultimately impacting crop performance. With the trend towards larger farms, more massive equipment and increasing unpredictability of climate, the …


Recent Publications

Modifying fertilizer rate and application method reduces environmental nitrogen losses and increases corn yield in Ontario

Separating the effect of crop from herbicide on soil microbial communities in glyphosate-resistant corn

Increased nitrogen retention by cover crops: implications of planting date on soil and plant nitrogen dynamics