Beneath the Surface: Investigating soil microbial communities and enzyme activities in a Canfield silt loam under various tillage and fertilizer management systems.
PI: Heather Neikirk (OSU Extension, Stark County) and Kathleen M. Bridges (Post-Doctoral Scholar, OSU) Farmers: Brian Simon, Bruce Baltzly, John Ickes, Jonathan Norman, Scott Hauenstein, Kenny Blim, Cliff Linder, Joyce Brahler, Alex Dragovich, Ron Frank, Ben Klick, Sharon Keister.
The objective of this proposal is to determine how management methods affect soil biological communities and their function on small farms. The measurements could reveal both the activity and diversity of the soil microbial community. The team will study how soil biology is affected by management in an on-farm setting, which can ultimately impact environmental and agricultural sustainability and profitability.