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Learn sustainable, ecological, and economical methods of growing fruit and vegetable crops.

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 […]

Jimson Weed

Identifying and Controlling Weeds

It has been noted that in a few hundred more years — considering the present rate of discovery — we will have all the answers on the role of trace minerals in crop production. Answers for the complexities that attend weed growth may take even longer. The information offered here will help the commercial crop […]

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 […]

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.

pawpaws

Making Pawpaws Profitable

In the eastern United States, the pawpaw’s biggest selling point might be its connection to our native ecologies and local foodways. Find out if growing this distinctive fruit makes sense for your farm.