Sharing Soil Knowledge to Improve Land Management and Sustainable Soil Use

25th September 2017

By better sharing of soil knowledge between people over a sustained period, we can improve soil condition and function, and improve soil management.

Soil scientists and practitioners often work independently of each other, with limited opportunity to learn from each other and share their soil knowledge.

At the same time, there is a loss of people with a depth of experience, expertise and local knowledge of soil. Yet we have thought little about how we will capture their knowledge and experience and use it to inform and support the next generation.

In a paper recently published in Soil Science Society of America Journal, soil educators and extension agents concluded we must value, capture and share the experience and expertise of scientists and practitioners equally, including: farmers, scientists, educators, extension staff, commercial sector and the public.