Building your 2020 Soil Profile with Ferticell®
“Despite all our achievements we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains” – Paul Harvey
When we take a greater care in what we put into our soils, we place a higher value in what we put into ourselves. Something we can relate to is that the value of our soil relates to the value of our crop which in turn, equally effects the bottom line for growers.
The Ferticell® product line affects the soil profile in a positive manner by reintroducing plant and mineral derived components that not only affect plant function but correlate to higher levels of organic matter in the soil structure.
For years, we’ve placed an unsustainable burden on chemicals to replace the task the organic matter in our soils for production. While increasing yields, organic matter has decreased in many soil structures, and rebuilding the soil profile is ever-so important. Evaluate any limiting factors as water quality declines and review ingredients (derived from) in products considered for nutrition.
“The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt
Planning for Your 2020 Season
Here we look at 5 recommendations from our Ferticell® agronomists on how to best prepare your soils, not only for the 2020 season that lay ahead, but to accept the marginal quality of water we’re given to work with.
Pull Soil Samples
For 2020, process soil total extractable results and include a water paste analysis (using farm water) for soluble nutrition to increase your accuracy potential for your 2020 fertility program. Each area sampled should include Total Carbon & Organic Matter.
Review Program Data
Your prior year programs require seasonal reviews to evaluate what nutritional options, soil amendments, cultural practices and irrigation programs can be improved and what new products are available to test for the 2020 season.
Understand Your Water Quality
Irrigation suitability on irrigated acres will showcase the risks for the eight potential “salts” that must be reviewed in fertility maintenance. Here you will find opportunitiesto put in place to “prepare soil to accept marginal water” for the 2020 growing season.
Understand Soil Texture
It is critical to understand how oxygen, water, and roots moves through the macroporosity(pores greater than 50 nm in diameter) is critical to all phases of farming.
Reduce Pesticide Use Through Nutrition
By stimulating and promoting plant genetic potiential capacities in 2020 to defend against stressors like pests, heat, cold and salt intrusion will reap benefits of a vibrant soil biomass requiring little or no pesticide use.