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What can electrical conductivity tell us about our soil?

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Do you want to know more about what electrical conductivity can tell you about your soil? This blog explains briefly what soil EC can reveal about your soil health status, what soil properties are affected and how you can improve it.

A soil health journey to greener pastures

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Look at this journey of how a farm manager in the Tsitsikamma improved his soil health and what benefit it had on the environment.

Carbon farming: Regenerative agriculture at work

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This is part of the reason why Trace & Save initiated the carbon farming project. It is a central place where information on sustainable farm management can be transferred, a place where the commonality is caring for our soils and their health. Caring for our soils is caring for the future.

Rhizosphere: The Carbon Stock Exchange Centre

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Plants are made-up of many components which each play an important role in the plants’ functioning. The part with the most important role of all is the leaf. This is where the core of the plants defensive and growth systems are initiated.

The underground revolution

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In essence it entails learning from what happens in nature and implementing it in our intensive agricultural systems, so that we can benefit from the services that soil provides in nature.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.