Grain on the Brain Podcasts
Season 2, Episode 6 – Soil Testing
Learn from Dr. Yamily Zavala from the CARA Soil Health Lab about how to figure out what’s in your soil. She talks to Scott about how you can measure, monitor and improve your soil.
Find out more about the CARA soil health lab
Want to get out on your field and do some measurements?
The CARA soil health lab has some videos demonstrating water infiltration and using a soil penetrometer here:
The NRCS also has great soil health and assessment resources.
Methods to do a water infiltration test:
And lots more tests to do for soil health assessment:
Dr Zavala and the farmers she works with in Alberta recommend getting a soil health mentor!
If you’d like to join their WhatsApp group to talk about all things soil, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guest bio for Dr. Yamily Zavala
Dr. Yamily Zavala has extensive international experience in restoring soil fertility and improving cropping systems. Her work is supported by an education focused on agriculture and soils. Her passion for understanding and improving the health of soils has positively impacted the local agricultural economies where she has worked. In addition to applied research projects, she manages CARA’s Soil Health Lab in Eastern Alberta(CSHL). The Lab focuses on the evaluation of physical and biological soil properties and allows producers the opportunity for hands-on evaluation of their soils.
Host: Scott Beaton
Narrator: Karen Klassen
Producer: Karen Klassen
Editor: Jason Peters
Podcast oversight committee: Anne Kirk, Jason Peters, Kim Wilton, Tierra Stokes, Marla Carlson, Deb Tuchelt
The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Manitoba Organic Alliance.