The Cornell University soil health assessment and management framework was designed to offer a practical infrastructure for the promotion of soil health management. The framework includes a soil health test that measures 16 soil indicators that were selected to represent critical soil processes, and can also be consistently and independently measured. The measured values are interpreted through scoring functions and critical values have been established to interpret the results. The soil health test reports can be used to assess soil constraints and develop management strategies for implementation on farms. The framework is also used as part of field research programs. We will additionally discuss other US-based soil health initiatives and programs.
About: Harold van Es is Professor of Soil and Water Management and also the 2016 president of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). With his team, he founded the widely used Cornell Soil Health assessment framework (soilhealth.cals.cornell.edu/).