Baseline Assessment of Soil Health in Ohio

Nov. 7, 2022

As our understanding of soil health advances, farmers are increasingly interested in assessing and improving soils on their farms. Several commercial labs now offer soil health analyses but generating values in a lab is only the first step. A frame of reference for what constitutes a typical, low, or high soil health value is essential for understanding these tests and inferring soil function. A common question farmers ask is, “What’s a good soil health number?”

A recent report helps answer this question, by providing a state-wide baseline of soil health values from Ohio. This report can now help farmers and landowners assess soil health in their fields. The full report can be found here: with a summary provided below.