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Learn sustainable, ecological practices for managing the soil to improve soybean quality, including soil nutrients, minerals, microbes and more, which will also increase production.

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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.

Example of soil carbon difference between two samples

Understanding Soil Carbon Dynamics

Carbon is an often overlooked, but very important com­ponent of the soil. We know how to manage nitrogen, phos­phorus and potassium for maximum production, and that micronutrients play a critical role in crop yield and disease resistance. Deficiencies can usually be corrected relatively quickly through the addition of soil or foliar fertilizer ap­plications. While soil […]

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 […]

Soil management creates healthy corn

True Soil Health: Create the Capacity to Function Without Intervention

Appropriate intervention when absolutely needed is wise, but the goal is minimum intervention — in other words do everything you can to get the soils healthy and mineralized. Mineralize your soils using exchangeable nutrient sources that come from the carbon biological system. You have to create an ideal home for soil life and feed them […]

farming to improve soil health

Farming to Improve Soil Health

My main goal on my farm is to build soils and grow high-yielding crops without lots of synthetic inputs. That’s why I work in a lot of young, succulent cover crops and put on dairy manure and chicken manure. I also want to maintain or increase my organic matter levels, so I also use compost […]