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Man planting plant

Soil restoration principles

Reading Time: 5 minutes

The goal is to restore agricultural soils to a healthy state – every farm is different, but the principles always apply.

Cows grazing lucerne pastures

Case study: Improving nitrogen fertiliser efficiency

Reading Time: 8 minutes

I hope this case study encourages farmers who are in the process of adapting their management in order to achieve greater nitrogen fertiliser efficiency.

FAQ about legumes and root nodules

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These are some questions I was asked by a farmer in the Tsitsikamma the other day about legumes and root nodules.

Farmer in field

A land managers’ responsibility

Reading Time: 3 minutes

The amazing thing is that all these ecosystem services support greater agricultural production. They can only be unlocked when the soil is viewed as a valuable natural resource that needs to be conserved.

Earthworms in soil

Keeping your eye on the prize

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I would challenge any farmer that desires to improve their farm to think about the “why” behind the regenerative agriculture approach. What is the prize?

What is nature telling you?

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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

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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.

Hand with soil

Our soil is under threat

Reading Time: 5 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

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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: 6 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.