Developing a Soil Quality Index

  • Richard H. Rust
  • Russell S. AdamsJr.
  • William P. Martin
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 1)


The possibility exists that a kind of “soil quality index” might be developed which would relate to the environmental impact of continuing or sustained use of chemical amendments in crop production or certain other land uses. Present concerns are mostly related to use of soluble fertilizers, including nitrogen and phosphorus; applications of weedicides and pesticides; and distribution of industrial and domestic wastes that may also include heavy metals in significant concentrations.


Soil Loss Pesticide Residue Absorptive Capacity Peat Soil Rainfall Erosion 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard H. Rust
    • 1
  • Russell S. AdamsJr.
    • 1
  • William P. Martin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Soil ScienceUniversity of MinnesotaSt. PaulUSA

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