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Learn sustainable practices for building and maintaining healthy soil. High quality soil requires diverse soil life and microbes, soil organic matter, humus and the right balance of minerals and nutrients.

Fertilizers and Water Use chart

Watering Best Practices for Crops

All any farmer really wants is the best uptake of plant nutrients for his or her crops. In order to make sure crops efficiently uptake all they need, crop expert Esper K. Chandler says, “We have to reestablish the humus function of the soil, the basis for natural/organic sustainable farming.” And this means putting water […]

Researchers measure weeds

Into the Weeds with Soil Balancing – The Ohio State University Soil Balancing Team

These two ideas stuck with Doohan – that soil balancing reduces weeds, and that standing water increases weeds. As he began to learn about soil balancing, the two concepts slowly merged into a possible hypothesis.

nutrient uptake chart

How Do I Decide What Amount of Nutrients to Apply to My Corn?

Nutrients like calcium, boron and manganese travel primarily in the xylem or the water transport system of the plant.

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A farmer liming his fields after harvest.

Lime Restocks the Soil

When limestone is put on the soil, it accepts acidity from the clay, just as other minerals do in the rock weathering processes.

Ask the Plant

Book Excerpt: Ask The Plant by Charles Walters and Esper K. Chandler

The book Ask The Plant is based on the agronomy of Esper “K.” Chandler, and offers farmers and growers a better way to grow plants that involves reading the unique language of plants, utilizing leaf and petiole testing, and in turn knowing how to produce a better crop using only the fertilizers and soil-building ingredients […]

Soil test diagram

Understanding Solubility & Paste Testing

Soil testing for low exchange capacity soils will help you develop a system that holds enough nutrients and maintains colloidal balance.