|Title||Assessing the quality of rangeland soils: Challenges and opportunities|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||1995|
|Authors||Herrick JE, Whitford WG|
|Journal||Journal of Soil and Water Conservation|
Rangeland soils present unique challenges and opportunities for assessing soil quality. Three characteristics in particular distinguish rangeland soils from cropped soils: (l) spatial variability in rangelands rends to be higher than in cropped systems; (2) temporal variability is high because many biological and physical processes depend on a limited and frequently unpredictable supply of soil moisture; (3) the land often has many uses in addition to food production.