Healthy Soils Are Productive Soils
Improve soil nutrient availability and suppress disease.
Healthy soils have strong levels of active carbon and diverse, active microbe populations.
This results in good soil structure, strong nutrient availability and less disease.
Active carbon is an important component of good soil structure and leads to better root growth, water penetration and retention.
A healthy beneficial microbe population allows nutrients to remain available to plants for longer, and reduces the incidence and severity of disease.
Underperforming soils cost billions of dollars in lost revenue each year. Healthy productive soils reduce disease, increase nutrient availability and improve water efficiency.
Many broadacre and horticultural farmers are concerned about a steady increase in fertiliser use and a corresponding decline in soil quality. This reduction in quality is reflected in reduced organic matter levels, reduced quality and uniformity of produce, and compacted soils which requires more horsepower to cultivate.
Different soil types and crops have different soil health requirements. Activities that promote soil health benefit farming operations in a number of ways:
- Reduced plant disease
- Improved nutrient availability
- Improve soil structure.
Improving your soil in this way supports increased crop yields and quality. Research has shown that the benefit of healthy soils comes from four simple aspects of the soil and the plants:
There is also benefit to be gained by balancing soil minerals.