In order to classify anything as an asset it must have value and contribute to your overall success. Your SOIL is scientifically proven to be the most valuable asset that you possess on your farm. Without productive soil to raise a crop, your farm value diminishes greatly and your operating cost increase dramatically making it more difficult to stay profitable.
With an asset this important, proper management is essential. Just like all living things, however, Soil can degrade and even die in extreme cases, losing the biological properties that sustain life, due to pollution, acidification or the absence of humus, which Is the top layer that sustains fertility; In the recent Furrow Magazine they shared some interesting facts about soils.
Every acre of soil contains microorganisms or “underground Livestock” by the billions. The total weight of these underground animals could reach a couple of tons per acre. Each of these are responsible for vital processes that occur in healthy soils.
The world under the soil surface maybe unfamiliar, but many farmers are beginning to harness the power of these underground livestock. Agriculture is facing economic and environmental challenges,” says Francis Yeatman, ” We are entering a new era where we have to farm smart, and the changes we’re making are based mainly on soil biology. We have found that working with soil ecology, if we make sure that we provide a food source, we can affect the number of bacteria and fungi. All they are waiting for is the right food source, and the number of bacteria and beneficial fungi such as mycorrhizae just take off.”
“Soil organisms affect soil fertility and productivity. Biological processes in the soil are responsible for about 75% of the available nitrogen and 65% of the available phosphorus in the soil. In fact soil fertility is largely dependent on the processing of various organic residues or soil organic matter through the soil food web”. Says Jill Claperton, a soil health consultant and scientist.
“Biology in the soil may have been widely ignored for years, but we are finding ways to mineralize vast amounts of phosphorus that are locked up in soils”. Says Yeatman. “When you see farmers around the world cutting costs by boosting their soil biology; it gets very exciting.”
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Soil Fertility Facts
“We’re also finding that applied phosphorus contributes to decline of Mycorrhizal fungi. Only about 20% of what’s applied as fertilizer ends up in the plant-the rest is bound up in the soil…”
-Wendy Taheri, USDA Microbiologist
“Sugars made by plants are released from their roots into the soil and traded to soil microbes for nutrients to support plant growth. There is a proven symbiotic relationship between microbes and plants.”
-NRCS – Farming in the 21st century, A practical approach to improve Soil Health
“Phosphorus is an element that is never found in a free state. Soil microbes and fungi are responsible for making phosphate available to plants. Even with great phosphate reserves if the soil is not biologically active there will be little or no phosphate available to plants.”
– The Ideal Soil: A handbook for the New Agriculture
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