Soil organic matter
Organic matter enhances the physical, chemical and biological properties of soil and is important for soil fertility and crop productivity. Increasing and maintaining it is a vital component of sustainable soil management.
What soil organic matter is and what it does
Soil organic matter means all living, or once-living, materials within or added to the soil. Discover the ways organic matter makes your soil more fertile and improves its overall health.
Monitoring changes in soil organic matter
The amount of organic matter in soils depends on soil texture, climate, the input and composition of organic materials, decomposition and the type of farming system employed.
Adding organic matter to soil
Discover the different types of organic matter that can be added to soil and understand the varying impacts they can have.
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