oa Agriprobe - A soil quality assessment framework for kikuyu-ryegrass pastures

Volume 8, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1810-9799



Agricultural soil has always been assessed visually classifying it as good, poor, productive or degraded soil. Historically, soil quality has been linked to productivity of crops and emphasis fell on the impact of management and not necessarily on soil quality per se. Modern science is pertinent in almost all functioning systems on earth, equally pertinent on soil and soil functioning. Southern Cape farmers and researchers recognize the importance of a science-based means to predict soil quality and expressed the need for detailed research in this field. In order to manage, maintain or enhance soil to an acceptable condition to be used by future generations, there should be a scientific definition of soil quality, broad enough to include sustainability, environmental quality, animal and human health.

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