Reservations Regarding the Soil Quality Concept

  title={Reservations Regarding the Soil Quality Concept},
  author={Robert E. Sojka and Dan R. Upchurch},
  journal={Soil Science Society of America Journal},
We consider the appropriateness of institutionalizing soil quality as a defined parameter in soil science. The soil management research of land grant universities and the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the mission and goals of state, federal, and private conservation agencies stand to be significantly affected. We feel that a non-advocalive examination of this concept could provide a positive contribution. The definition of soil quality has proven elusive and value laden. There is… 

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