Edaphos believe that it is all about microbes cycling organic material. You can put carbon into the system and microbes will digest, recycle, and rebuild it into humus. In this digesting/recycling process, microbes are releasing compounds and nutrients that actually help feed the crop.
Fertility is really the culmination of all factors that are instrumental in funding a successful soil that can digest, recycle, rebuild, and release all that is necessary to fund a healthy high yielding crop. In nature plants find their place, but in agriculture we plant them, a very important difference.
“The problem being is that as soil health declines, soils are tighter and more compacted and we find that root systems as well as nutrient exchange become poorer.”
Edaphos strives to understand how nature develops and functions, so we can mirror these requirements for crops. We look at the components of fertility as a working system to try and get the best effect. Plants are a component of fertility because a large proportion of the sugars that plants collect from sunlight is exuded out of the root system. This is an immediate carbon source for microbes to utilise.
We recommend manures that are long-term carbon for digestion throughout the winter in terms of breaking down carbon structures into useable products. Nitrogen, phosphate and potash all are elements of fertility that will help move the dynamics of a soil to one that effects best practice.
WHAT IS SOIL FERTILITY?
A healthy fertile soil cycles organic material and releases nutrition to the plant at a time the plant requires it. A soil in a biologically depleted state is unable to do this, the soil/plant/root interaction is less efficient leading to a cascade of issues that need outside intervention to manage these symptoms.
One of the most important factors to remember is that soil is not an inert medium and as such sustaining the life force is absolutely key to achieving both fertility and productivity. Plants recognise the important role of microbes within their root structures and will provide a substantial part of their energy from all photosynthesis production to feed the microbes as an immediate food source to promote their functions.
Natural fertility plus production capacity equals the sum of biological functioning of
Environmental conditions (air,water,heat)
Quality of seed
Natural fertility plus production capacity equals the sum of biological functioning of: Soil, climate, manuring, humus, tillage, rotation, weather conditions, quality of seed, and a number of environmental factors’
"The consideration, or neglect of any one of these factors is just as important as the whole fertiliser equation. What then can the farmer do in order to be fair in all these, and maintain at a high level his living organism, the farm?"
Ehrenfried Peifferer 1938
One of the difficulties in agriculture that surrounds soil fertility is that we are really managing a system and the methods and tools used can be many. This often means that there can be contradictions between groups or companies of what we have in terms of mechanics or product inputs. These factors can be confusing. It is important though, that we understand how soil works and how it functions, then all of these other contributing factors start to become a little clearer.
SOIL FERTILITY CONSULTANCY OPTIONS
At Edaphos, we provide efficient agronomy services, nutritional and soil fertility strategies and biological farming advice by testing and analysing your soil every step of the way. By using our very own specialised audits, tissue testing and in field assessments, we create personal and specialised nutritional and biological programs that are constantly evaluated. Continually reviewing and refining your soil.