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Archive | Corn Soil Management

Learn management and improvement practices for your soil to create the best conditions for top quality, high yield corn production. This includes management of soil, soil health, soil life, humus, minerals, nutrients and more.

Sheet erosion occurs with unhealthy soil

Symptoms of Unhealthy Soil

Structural deterioration takes place to a greater or lesser degree in almost every field, and its consequences include soil that is too silty or too compacted.

What is humus made of

What, Exactly, Is Humus Made Of?

The proportion of minerals has increased in cultivated soils during our era in comparison with past eras in which consistently humid heat promoted the formation of organic soil material over huge swaths of forest for thousands of years. The ratio between the organic and mineral portions of the material has shifted, to the detriment of […]

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 […]

Corn cob on the stalk

Soil Requirements for Growing Corn

Farming has to be a paying proposition — that is, the farmer has to be paid a fair profit as are other segments of the economy. Until such changes come about, one way to “beat the system” is to grow higher quality crops with less dollar input. Crops that command premium prices on the market, […]

healthy soil life and cover crop

Building the Microbial Bridge to Support Nutrient Availability

It’s strange to think that plants have a hard time getting enough nutrients when soils are composed of around 45 percent minerals. Many of those minerals are the nutrients plants need to grow, photosynthesize, flower, pollinate and produce fruit or seeds. Although soil is a huge bank of minerals, most of those minerals are not […]

Compost with undigested carbon materials still present has now cooled to
about 80°F and is ready for application.

Keys to Composting for Increased Soil Health, Vitality

For many years we have been composting various agricultural and forest materials at Tobacco Road Farm to provide for the soil fertility in order to raise vegetable crops without the use of pesticides. This practice has been highly successful though it has required more refinement as the environment continues to deteriorate and the soil’s need […]