Soil Biology,the engineers in the soil

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Microorganisms like fungi and bacteria use the carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients in organic matter as food in order to obtain energy to survive. Microscopic soil animals like protozoa, amoebae, nematodes, and mites feed on the organic matter, fungi, bacteria, and each other for the same purpose.

What lies beneath the surface…

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Have you ever wondered what is going on beneath your soil? Do a basic visual soil assessment and compare it to the sustainability indicators in order to predict when soil quality starts deteriorating.

The role that farmers play

The role that farmers play

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There is also a responsibility to being a land manager. Farmers are in a position to be stewards of the land that they manage.

Farm carbon footprint, why does it matter?

Carbon footprint of a farm, why does it matter?

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Every farmer that I have presented a carbon footprint of their farm to has expressed a desire to reduce it over time. One of the main reasons for this is because a carbon footprint is actually an indicator of broader farm sustainability.

Soil carbon

So how do you actually go about building carbon in soil?

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The carbon in plants is then transferred to the soil when plant roots and vegetation die and are incorporated into the soil by microorganisms in the soil.

Biodiversity conservation

Should farmers concern themselves with biodiversity conservation?

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The majority of land in South Africa is owned by farmers. This makes farmers the true stewards of South Africa’s land.

Cattle grazing

Do you know how much food your cows require?

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Our philosophy about sustainable agriculture is about limiting inputs from outside a farm system to what is strictly necessary. One of the inputs that is often over-imported, wastefully so, is feed.

The impact of Gypsum on sodic soils

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Do you have large cracks in your soil? This could be the result of excess sodium. Read this blog to see the positive impact of gypsum application on excess sodium and an improvement in soil structure.

Farm mineral balance

Using minerals efficiently: Tsitsikamma dairy farm case study

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A supply of nutrients and minerals to soils which is greater than the amount needed to maintain soil health and fertility actually endangers the soil and can negatively impact on surface and ground water sources.

Cattle grazing

Improving feed energy utlisation: Six years of data in the Tsitsikamma

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Energy is imperative to growth and sustenance of all animals, and plays a major role in the production of milk by a dairy cow.