What is nature telling you?

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Often farmers treat the farm as a whole and that is completely wrong. Fields within a few meters from each other can have completely different characteristics, especially with regards to soil biology.

Without oxygen in the soil, nothing works

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Oxygen is one of the overlooked but most important requirements for microbial and root development. In fact, I’d even posit that it is more important than food, water, and warmth.

Why not compost?

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Nothing should ever be viewed as “waste” on the farm. Organic waste can be converted into compost that helps improve the farms soil life and fertility.

Hand with soil

Our soil is under threat

Reading Time: 9 minutes

To a large extent, these threats are caused by conventional agriculture. This is what makes the regenerative approach to soil management so important.

Constant cover is your soil insurance

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Keeping the soil covered is important for soil conservation. The abundance and diversity of food for soil organisms is what determines a soil’s natural productivity.

Tractor spraying herbicides

Are herbicides really helping you?

Reading Time: 8 minutes

There has been a lot of research conducted about the impact of applying herbicides. The problem is that there is a full spectrum of findings showing positive, negative and negligible effects on soil biology. This can be very confusing.

Graham Shepherd: Managing nitrogen and carbon to maximise farm performance

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Graham’s keynote presentation, Managing N and C to maximise farm performance, truly resonated with the audience. Many of the farmers in attendance are already in transition towards sustainable farming while others are not quite there yet.

Fresh produce

Should I only buy local produce?

Reading Time: 7 minutes

What is more important is becoming conscious of how our food is produced, no matter where it comes from. This especially includes considering what it would have taken for food to arrive on the shelves of your local supermarket.

The fate of nitrogen: nitrate-N vs ammonium-N

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Nitrogen is the growth element. Plants need it, no doubt about that. In the first half of a plant’s growth cycle, it takes in about 80% of the total nitrogen it needs for the entire cycle.

Irrigation water

The underrated value of good quality irrigation water

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to irrigation water quality. The best place to start is knowing the quality of your irrigation water.