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Digging Deep

Research lab hopes to spur statewide, regional soil health through biological testing

To some, it’s a freezer bag stuffed with soil. To those who run the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Soil Health Assessment Center, it’s the lifeblood of a national initiative to analyze the organic matter quality of soil that could reap significant dividends for Missouri farmers and landowners. Traditional soil testing practices — checking the levels of nitrogen,…