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.

Soil water holding capacity: the plants saving grace in droughts?

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The soil-water relationship is an interesting one. Water is more often than not the limiting factor in this relationship, but could our soils also be adding to the water shortage problems?

Soil food web series: Bacteria, the little nitrogen factory

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Bacteria are one of the most abundant and widely studied microorganisms in soil. Microbiologists estimate that one teaspoon of soil can contain up to as many as 1-100 million individual bacteria and a hectare can contain up to 10 billion.

Soil food web series: Does your soil have Wi Fi(ngus) connection?

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The role of fungi is unparalleled in soil health. It is one of the most important groups of micro-organisms in the decomposition cycle and is probably one of the most resilient too.

There is more to a label…

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Is a label really just a label or is there more to it? Read this blog to find out what can be “hidden” behind a label and if it has an influence on the agricultural products we buy.

Farm and atmosphere

A carbon footprint success story

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This particular farmer has been working hard to improve the health of his soils, to increase the efficiency of his farm, and increase the milk production on his farm.