Main authors: Abdallah Alaoui
iSQAPERiS Editor: Jane Brandt

 

** D8.4 draft

Soil Assessment can start relatively simply “in field”, offering valuable real-time insights. Visual Soil Assessment (VSA) combined with simple in field assessment techniques have been demonstrated under iSQAPER to provide a reliable basis for the on-going evaluation of key soil quality parameters at the farm level[1]. On farm soil assessments are a useful first step in understanding soil quality in situ helping to review impacts of management changes, and critically can provide useful information to a farmer. This can be used to support the selection of the most promising agricultural management practices for enhancing soil quality across European farms.

Under iSQAPER a manual has been developed12 to determine how to robustly assess the impact of agricultural management practices on soil quality using VSA. The manual can be used as a consistent tool to evaluate soil quality in a standardised and accessible way. It can be used in future to assess soil quality across a wide range of soils and climatic conditions.

 

[1] Alaoui, A, Lúcia Barão,  Carla S.S. Ferreira,  Gudrun Schwilch,  Gottlieb Basch,  Fuensanta Garcia‐Orenes,  Alicia Morugan,  Jorge Mataix‐Solera,  Costas Kosmas,  Matjaž Glavan,  Brigitta Szabó,  Tamás Hermann,  Olga Petrutza, Vizitiu  Jerzy Lipiec,  Magdalena Frąc,  Endla Reintam,  Minggang Xu,  Jiaying Di,  Hongzhu Fan,  Wijnand Sukkel,  Julie Lemesle,  Violette Geissen,  Luuk Fleskens. 2020. Visual Assessment of the Impact of Agricultural Management Practices on Soil Quality. Agronomy Journal. https://doi.org/10.1002/agj2.20216.

 

**Further notes

This is more straightforward, we can use the introduction to the VSA methods, with links to the individual assessment methods.
https://isqaper-is.eu/soil-quality/visual-soil-assessment

Add an additional short section highlighting those VSAs that iSQAPER has shown to be most likely to respond to changes in management practice.
 
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