Improving nutrient availability & suppressing disease
Many growers are concerned about a steady decline in soil quality which is reflected in reduced organic matter levels, higher fertiliser use, reduced quality and uniformity of produce and compacted soils (requiring more horsepower).
The major benefits of including soil health activities and products into a farmer’s system are:
- Reduced plant disease
- Improved nutrient availability
- Improve soil structure, all of which
- Support crop yields and quality
Research has shown that the benefits of healthy soils come from focus on four simple aspects of soils (and plants):
- Microbial diversity
- Microbial activity
- Adding carbon
- Energising the plant
Along with balancing soil minerals (see Services – Soil Analysis)
Why these 4 areas are key
A recent survey by QLD DAF measured the level of disease in roots of conventional and organic bananas and tomatoes, and discovered less disease in organic versus conventional crops. They then looked at the different programs used to understand why there was less disease in organic crops and found organic programs were using inputs that were promoting microbial activity and diversity plus adding carbon. OFS soil health programs are based around building microbial activity and diversity; adding carbon PLUS energising the plant with biostimulants to help the crop through stress events.
Countless published papers in the world support the use of these biological inputs to improve soil health and support crops under stress.
OFS has cost effective solutions for each soil health aspect that will to improve nutrient availability and reduce disease.