Why is soil health important?
Healthy soil provides the optimal environment for plants to access the water and nutrients they need to grow. It sounds simple, but the science behind it warrants a closer look.
Regular soil testing and monitoring helps us understand what's going on in our soil - and how we can improve it. When we get the balance right, healthy soil grows healthy food, protects our water quality and even helps minimise greenhouse gases.
The AgScience publication (Issue 57) provides an excellent summary of the scientific explanations (pages 9, 10 and 11) around the importance of soil health.