The objective of getting the highest production of quality products can only come from healthy soils. Healthy soils are an ongoing process because, as soils get deeper, the productive area of your farm is effectively increasing. For instance, most soils productive area bottoms out at around 150mm of depth but if you increase the depth of your productive soil to 300mm your production potential increases dramatically.
Soils not only get deeper, but, as the biological function increases, the Cation Exchange Capacity (CEC), or the size of your “fuel tank”, also increases. This means that as the CEC increases the amount of nutrients available to the crop you are growing increases as well. By increasing the CEC, and with the deepening the soil, the amount of “total” nutrient can increase by well over 100%.
Ecofarm Aotearoa believes that an effective soil management program needs a starting point, farm specific data and an objective.
The information obtained by measuring the percentage of the total amount of nutrients against the nutrients that are extracted by the available nutrients test, allows you to accurately assess if mineral applications are required. It can be used to put in place cost-effective solutions to enable effective utilisation of your existing nutrient reserves.
The objective is to get the highest production of quality products, which only comes from healthy soils. This is an ongoing process because as soils get deeper, you are effectively increasing the productive area of your farm. For instance, most soils bottom out at around 150mm of depth yet if you increase the depth of your soil to 300mm, your productive potential increases dramatically.
These three steps lead to cost-effective soil fertility programs for your farm that:
The reality is, that a comprehensive soil program based on empirical data, reported from testing samples that are farm specific, gives the information required to cross reference with environmental programs, nutrient budgets, carbon emissions, carbon accumulation and soil fertility requirements. You have the confidence that the data you’re utilising pertains to your property and any decisions made are based on extensive knowledge of what’s actually going on in your soil and its productive capacity.
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