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Table 4 Scoring of soil quality indicators according to the Soil Health Card (SHC)

From: A Soil Health Card (SHC) for soil quality monitoring of agricultural lands in south-eastern coastal region of Bangladesh

Field no. Land use Subsurface compactiona Aggregate stabilitya Ground covera Soil smella Soil colora Microorganism diversitya Earthworm contenta Total scoreb Percentage (%) Category
Field-1 Paddy field 5 5 6 6 5 4 4 35 83.34 Good
Field-2 Paddy field 2 2 4 2 4 3 2 19 45.24 Medium
Field-3 Paddy field 3 3 4 4 4 4 3 25 59.53 Medium
Field-4 Vegetable 5 5 2 5 2 1 1 21 50.00 Medium
Field-5 Vegetable 3 3 5 2 3 3 2 21 50.00 Medium
Field-6 Paddy field 5 5 6 2 5 2 1 26 61.91 Medium
Field-7 Paddy field 5 5 6 5 2 4 3 30 71.43 Medium
Field-8 Paddy field 5 5 6 5 4 4 3 32 76.19 Medium
Field-9 Paddy field 2 2 6 2 4 6 4 26 61.91 Medium
Field-10 Paddy field 2 2 4 4 5 3 1 21 50.00 Medium
  1. aHere, score 1 = very poor, score 2 = poor, score 3 = medium but not efficient, score 4 = medium and quite efficient, score 5 = good, score 6 = very good
  2. bHere, poor = <40%, medium = 40–80%, good = >80% levels are followed in catagorising the percentage of the total score assessed by investigating the overall field condition