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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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October 30, 2020

GrainTALK Webinar Series with Soils at Guelph Researchers

Soils at Guelph partnered with Grain Farmers of Ontario to host two webinars showcasing research …

October 27, 2020

Field of cover crops after tomato harvest

The economics of cover crops

The impact of cover crops on profit margins is a long-contested subject, but new data …

October 26, 2020

Soil health and cover crops conference coming winter 2021!

We are excited to announce planning is underway for a conference with the Midwest Cover …

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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

Soil organic carbon content: Decreases partly attributed to dilution by increased depth of cultivation in southern Ontario

Researchers analyzed soil organic carbon contents and depths of Ap horizons (i.e., cultivated topsoil) from Ontario soil survey reports from 1950 to 2019.

Legume Cover Crop Management on Nitrogen Dynamics and Yield in grain corn systems

Crop rotations differ in soil carbon stabilization efficiency, but the response to quality of structural plant inputs is ambiguous

This study set out to evaluate crop rotation diversity, perenniality, carbon inputs, and carbon input quality as predictors of soil organic carbon concentration and aggregate size.