n Farmer’s Weekly - New soil analysis kit could improve production : farming for tomorrow

Volume 2016, Issue 16018
  • ISSN : 0041-848X



A growing interest in soil health and conservation agriculture, as well as criticism of unsustainable farming practices, have increased the need for soil testing techniques that provide a more holistic assessment of soil health. According to a recent paper by Prof Alan Franzluebbers from the Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University in the US, soil management worldwide is under threat because of practices such as high-intensity agriculture. This approach to farming largely ignores soil's biological function and relies solely on chemical inputs. This has led to soil depletion reaching critical levels in many countries.

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