Soil aggregates: the armour in your soil

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As a farmer, your primary use for soil is for growing crops. Soil fulfils this function by being an anchor for plant roots and a store for water and nutrients. One of the soil properties that ensure that this happens effectively is soil structure.

Soil, where carbon belongs

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So what is soil and how can it sequester carbon? Soil is a living miracle. In one handful of soil; there are more organisms than there are humans on earth. We are now only beginning to understand this vast network of beings right under our feet.

Soil food web series: Kingdom Protista, the catalysts in the mineralisation process

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Protists are a group of microorganisms that did not tick all the boxes to be called bacteria, fungi or nematodes. These microorganisms play a crucial role in the mineralisation process.

Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis – the true source of soil carbon

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The original source of carbon in the roots is atmospheric carbon dioxide. Photosynthesis is a process which everyone has heard of, and probably studied at school, but I don’t think we fully realise and appreciate its uniqueness and value.

Soil is a living ecosystem

Soil is a living ecosystem that sustains life

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Farmers have the potential to significantly increase the productivity of their farm, and decrease their environmental impact, by implementing practices which improve the health of their soil.

Farms are complex systems

The silver bullet illusion

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The unfortunate truth is that there are no silver bullets in farming. The agro-ecosystem is way too complex, with far too many interactions, to have a simple, single solution to challenges.

A soil carbon success story

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Farmers that implement sustainable land-management practices can improve the carbon levels of their soils, thereby moving carbon from the atmosphere through plants into the soil.

Soil food web series: Nematodes, the good and the bad

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A lot more attention has focused on plant parasitic nematodes rather than the beneficial free living nematodes in the soil. Intensive research needs to be conducted so as to better understand the role played by free living nematodes especially in the mineralisation of soil nutrients.

Are you managing rainwater like a waste product?

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Rain is always welcome on our lands. It is our responsibility as good water stewards to use it as the valuable resource which it is

Sustainability: Preserving our natural resources

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To ensure continued food production, we need to ensure natural resources are not depleted. This goal is achieved through sustainable farming practices.