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soybean nodules

Nutrients & Minerals Needed for Soybeans to Grow

Soybean production factors out as fol­lows: a 50-bushel crop takes 280 pounds of nitrogen.

Corn leaves

Setting the Table to Optimize Fertilizers, Soil Amendments

It is a big mistake to consider that just adding enough fertilizer to grow the crop is what determines soil fertility.

Front cover Humusphere book

Book excerpt: Humusphere by Herwig Pommeresche

Herwig Pommeresche, a German-Norwegian explorer of soil life, graduate permaculture designer and graduate engineer, shares his lifetime of research into humus. Humusphere, translated into English for the first time, digs deep into a myriad of little-known research papers, comparing their findings with the usual conventional methods. Herwig Pommeresche offers an ecologically oriented understanding as a check to the […]

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 […]

Earthworms in soil

Book of the Week: Biodynamic Pasture Management

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from an Acres U.S.A. book, Biodynamic Pasture Management, by Peter Bacchus. Copyright 2013, softcover, 160 pages. Regular price: $20.00. From Chapter 3: Organic Soil Fertility, Soil Biology & Whole Farm Management To grow healthy plants and animals and high-quality food products, you need fertile soil. Soil fertility in turn […]

Front cover of the book The Farm as Ecosystem by Jerry Brunetti

Book of the Week: The Farm as Ecosystem

The book The Farm as Ecosystem, written by Jerry Brunetti, features a lifetime of experience and observations woven together into a useful guide and source of information. Through the text, Brunetti seeks to offer the reader a deeper understanding of evaluating your soil, soil fertility management, compost and ocmpost tea, cover cropping systems, the benefits […]