A common mistake that people make when assessing soil is adding fertility to solve growth problems, when that isn’t the real issue. If the nutrients that are in the soil reserves are tied-up, then it’s a release problem, nutrient absorption deficiency to be exact.
How do you correct this?
- Soften and mellow the existing topsoil
- Increase the root structure on the crop
- Improve the biological complexity of the soil
No fertilizer or plant food, organic or otherwise, can provide all the nutrients and fiber to maintain balance in the soil. No biostimulant can maintain balance by itself or provide nutrients with a food source. No amount of fertility is going to repair the problem to allow more nutrients to pass freely through the plant.
Moving forward, following the corrections above is a great start. Soil management must go hand-in-hand with “nutrient balance.” To create nutrient balance you first must understand “soil life.”
CEC and humus are various forms of soil life, it is important to grasp that soil is full of insoluble nutrients and to make them exchangeable and available to the plant, these nutrients must first go through a microbial system. This system has been referred to as “soil life,” and the microbes are living organism with the eco-system of every soil in the world.
It is this microbial life in the soil that makes all nutrients available to plants, not adding large amounts of fertility. To strengthen your plant and ensure its hearty growth, all fertilizers, natural residue and other sources of nutrients must go through this microbial digestion first.
Contact Pro-Soil with your questions and concerns, do you have a nutrient absorption deficiency? Let the experts walk you through it.