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importance of soil fertility

Healthy Soil Is The Real Key To Feeding The World

Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world. One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled…
Importance role of organic matter in soil fertility

Crop Health And Balanced Nutrition Shows The Way To Higher Yields

We often talk about the importance of healthy plants in reducing pests and diseases, but how often do we actually see the visual benefits? Reducing fungicide use is important not just for Integrated Crop Management (ICM), but keeping input…
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Soil Fertility Effect On Crop Pests & Diseases

Soil fertility management requires careful application of science and skill to meet production, environmental, and social goals. Fertilizers are responsible for over half of global food production, but there are areas in world with nutrient…
Importance role of organic matter in soil fertility

What Happened To Last Year's Fertilizer? Tips For Budget-Conscious Farmers

By Dr. Rob Mikkelsen, Ph.D. University of California (Soil Science) Everyone is looking to get the most value from everything they do. With the ever-tightening squeeze between farm inputs and crop prices, it just makes good sense to…
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Starter Guide To Profitable Potato Farming

Potato farming in Kenya is gaining ground as demand for the potatoes grow due rapid urbanization and the good price the crop fetches.. Potato farming production around the globe has risen steadily over the years (267 million metric tons in…
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Nutrient Deficiency Symptoms Guide For Crops (With Pictures)

Nutrient deficiency disease symptoms is a common puzzle among crop farmers. What follows is a description of visual symptoms related to specific plant nutrition or nutrient deficiencies commonly found in crops. While useful as a starting point…
Importance role of organic matter in soil fertility

Understanding The Nitrogen Nutrient In The Soil (Part 2)

By Graeme Sait, Author of ‘Nutrition Rules!’, Consultant, CEO Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS) In the first part of this article, we discussed the nuances of nitrogen, the most misused of all minerals. In this installment, I will continue…
Importance role of organic matter in soil fertility

How To Spot Fake Fertilizers Sold By Rogue Suppliers

Fake fertilizer scandals have rocked the country lately and farmers are wary of falling victim to rogue fertilizer suppliers. Here's how to net them It is that time of the year when farmers are preparing their farms and are ready to plant taking…
Importance role of organic matter in soil fertility

Soil Organic Matter

Natural organic fertilizers are derived from animal or plant matter, manures, algal and seaweed products, and organic wastes from processing and food industries.  They have a high carbon content and tend to be more diverse in nutrient content,…
Importance role of organic matter in soil fertility

Controlled Traffic Farming Part 2: If It Works, Why Isn’t Everyone Doing It?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture In Part 2 of our series looking at Controlled Traffic Farming (click here for Part 1) we take a look at why the approach has been less than widely adopted in many areas of the world, but…