The reason biological farming is so successful is that it addresses the issues in the chemistry and biological makeup of the soil below ground, not just above.
Current farming practices contribute less than 3% of total inputs towards improving or bringing back to life native soils, chemicals and fertilizers contrary to popular belief are harming us. A couple key terms we should keep in mind are ‘soil microflora’ and the ‘rhizosphere.’ We’ve discussed these in a few of our past articles and newsletters, but it’s important that we stress their significance. Crop growth and development are closely related to the nature of the soil microflora (bacteria and microscopic algae and fungi, especially those living in a specific site or habitat), especially those that are in close proximity with the rhizosphere (the region near plant roots where chemistry/microbiology is influenced by growth, respiration, and nutrient exchange). You must control soil microorganisms to ensure a healthy soil and crop yield.
Most people in the agricultural world would agree that the main purpose of crop breeding is to improve crop production, crop protection and crop quality. Improving crop cultivators, i.e., microorganisms, coupled with a solid soil management plan have made it possible to grow a wide variety of agricultural and horticultural crops in areas where it would have not really been possible to do so in the past.
To enhance the concept of controlling and utilizing beneficial microorganisms for crop productions and protection, one must harmoniously integrate the essential components for plant growth and increases to yield which are:
- Light (intensity, photoperiod, quality)
- Carbon Dioxide
- Nutrients (organic/inorganic)
- Soil Type
- Soil Microflora
Using the above dynamic interrelationships and designing a soil management plan that facilitates beneficial microorganisms for soil quality it is now possible to imagine a new reality where new technologies will enable a more energy-efficient system of biological production.
Low agricultural production and lack of efficiency is closely related to a poor coordination of energy conversion. Conversion happens in the rhizosphere and is influenced by crop physiological factors, the environment, and microorganisms.
The best soil and crop management practices achieve more sustainable agriculture by enhancing growth, numbers and activities of beneficial soil microorganisms that improve the growth, yield and quality of crops. So, altogether, soil quality and soil agronomy are the foundation of a more sustainable agriculture. Controlling the soil microflora to enhance the predominance of beneficial and effective microorganisms can help to improve and maintain the soil’s chemical and physical properties and you can achieve this through Pro-Soil Ag Solution’s soil management plans. We don’t have all the answers, but we do know what has worked for us and our customers, and created a stronger and healthier crop yield pull after pull.
Contact Pro-Soil Ag Solutions today and let’s create a plan that is specific to you and your agricultural needs.