Learning Soil Health Testing

Author:
Garima Goel
June 21, 2022

Soil, no doubt, is an essential component of life on Earth. Soil has life in it, and thus it is responsible for growing food for humanity. Farming requires soil, and the quality and health of the soil are paramount to understand and plan the farming activity on any given land mass.  

Different soils have different moisture content, impacting the crops that will grow in them. By engaging with farmers, we can analyze the moisture content and accordingly recommend which crops can be grown there. Studying soil as a topic has various areas to be understood soil porosity, formation, permeability and so on. This information will equip farmers with relevant data by which they can grow the right crop in suitable soil. 

Soil testing, therefore, is a crucial step in this process. Soil testing will lead us to know the above variable of a particular soil type, leading to soil health assessment. Experts do soil testing. Soil testing involves collecting soil samples, preparing for analysis, chemical or physical analysis, and interpreting analysis results, and finally, making fertilizer and lime recommendations for the crops. These are also considered the 4 phases of the Soil Testing procedure. 

Once the farmers are equipped with the recommendations about fertilizer application and soil deficiencies, they can handle crop plans on their farmland. 

Recently a proposal has been made to introduce Soil testing options in school labs to enhance experiential learning. On the one hand, the students will learn about soil testing as a management tool to determine PH and nutrient concentration; on the other hand, they will also understand the importance of protecting the soil from contamination. 

India being an agricultural country, basic knowledge about soil profile and structure must help create awareness in general, leading to a variety of new streams for students to choose from for their careers. The initiative will encourage students to participate in soil conservation campaigns and connect them with the ground realities of agricultural challenges faced by the farmers.

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Organo Et School is a learning initiative set up by Organo in 2017 and has been facilitating field visits and workshops for Schools and interest Groups. Organo Et School has had over 25+ schools, 6500+ students and 2800+ adults have participated over the last 5 years.

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