Auburn University: New Soil Measurement Could Boost Production, Conservation

What’s your SQI? Auburn University researchers are working to ensure that this is a common question among the state’s farmers.

Charles Mitchell, a professor in the College of Agriculture Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department and an Alabama Extension agronomist, explained that Alabama’s SQI (Soil Quality Index) —the first of its kind in the South—is a new measurement of soil health that can help farmers improve their crop production and help conserve natural resources.

“We want our soils to be healthy enough to grow row crops, fruits and vegetables and forages,” said Mitchell. “This index can be reviewed every few years to ensure that your soils are improving.”

It’s a great project, and a fantastic closing note on the 2015 International Year of Soils.

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