Pro-soil is interested in helping farmers increase crop yield. Our healthy soil products and an increased knowledge about effective microorganisms and their role can help accomplish this goal. Read on to find out more.
The concept of Effective Microorganisms (EM) was developed by Profes sor Teruo Higa, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan. EM consists of mixed cultures of beneficial and naturally-occurring microorganisms that can be applied as inoculants to increase the microbial diversity of soils and plants. Research has shown that the in oculation of EM cultures to the soil/plant ecosystem can improve soil quality, soil health, and the growth, yield, and quality of crops.
EM contains selected species of mi croorganisms including predominant populations of lactic acid bacteria and yeasts, and smaller numbers of photo synthetic bacteria, actinomycetes and other types of organisms. All of these are mutually compatible with one another and can coexist in liquid culture.
EM is not a substitute for other management practices. It is, however, an added dimension for optimizing our best soil and crop management practices such as crop rotations, use of organic amend ments, conservation tillage, crop residue recycling, and biocontrol of pests. If used properly, EM can significantly enhance the beneficial effects of these practices.
Throughout the discussion which fol lows, we will use the term “beneficial mi croorganisms” in a general way to d esig nate a large group of often unknown or ill defined microorganisms that interact fa vorably in soils and with plants to render beneficial effects which are sometimes dif ficult to predict. We use the term “Effective Microorganisms” or EM to de note specific mixed cultures of known, beneficial microorganisms that are being used effectively as microbial inoculants.
Our products improve soil health by stimulating and feeding native microbial life in the soil which creates a higher yielding crop. To learn more about how you can increase your crop yield, contact us today!