The simple truth is that true sustainable farming and regenerative agriculture begins with soil. The soil is a complex and often very simple media. Basic fertilization, the addition of nutrients or cover crops may not address everything the soil needs. The question then becomes, can we give more so that our land gives more back to us? Is it possible to go from reacting to what is constantly thrown at us and find a better position with issues such as crop yields, input costs, soil health and even, plant health. Many of us who grow believe that to go from a “reactive” state to a “pro active” state you must refine your issues from the ground up.
So what is the soil missing to achieve sustainability? The answer is plain and simply soil life.
We believe plants must be given their familiar microbe partners in a non-native soil to achieve their full genetic growth and production potential. Similar to the microbes that live on every square inch of your skin, plants and their roots originally co-evolved with particular and specific strains of soil microorganisms in their native soil. Certain plant species have lived their entire lives with specific microbes. When growers decide to take a plant from the coast of France and grow it in Nevada, many of the genetically predisposed microbes needed by the plant are not available in that non-native soil. Sustainable farming pioneer Dr. Frank McKenna understood this all too well. For years Frank traveled the world finding all of the right species that every plant would need to grow in any soil condition. He called it Soil Balance which is Soil Conditioner with Twenty Seven soil microbe strains. The genius in his design was to develop a “catch all” formula that would contain all of the soil specific species necessary so that any soil could give all plants the ability to achieve optimum growth. He did this by incorporating soil AND root specific microbe strains into one “probiotic” for the soil. Unlike the human body, plants do not have a digestive system, so soil biodiversity is the key element for almost every aspect of natural soil health and plant growth. If you have microbes that grow in the soil forever then you will always have a soil that can digest and give your plants the investment you make in fertilizer each year. Soil health does not happen with a cover crop or Hi Cal Lime. It happens when it’s alive. It’s alive when it is teaming with soil microbes that grow in the soil. True soil microbes don’t need sugar to grow in a soil and do not need to be re applied every two weeks.
Sustainable Agriculture Needs Good Soil
A good soil will take you from farming to sustainable farming in under a year. Soil Balance soil microbes now take the guesswork out of traditional biological farming methodologies. In place of throwing down compost, compost teas, fermented bacteria inoculants, hormones, enzymes or food for the microbes, Soil Balance has every single microbe needed for true soil health conditions and plant health..
True sustainability is a mindset. However, to begin from the ground up is a bit of wisdom that rings true to us all. If you can save on things like water because microbes are creating humus that retains moisture. If you are saving on inputs because of soil health and better nutrient absorption. If you are producing more food because your soils digestive system is working, then your ability to put more money into other aspects of your operation is improved. Think of the time you will save going from reacting to nature and the things thrown at you to knowing deep inside you are improving the land and in return it is giving back.
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