May 24, 2016

The plant health pyramid is an in-depth diagram from John Kempf of the evolution of plant resistance to disease and insect pests. John clearly outlines each level, and the nutrient requirements plants need to progress from one level to the next.

John says, "The degree of plant health and immunity is based...

May 10, 2016

 

Adequate levels of functional organic matter and a robust soil digestive system are sorely lacking in most all agricultural soils. This lack of humic substances and biology significantly reduces a soil’s water holding capacity and the ability to release nutrients, all of which leads to large losses in crop quality and yiel...

April 28, 2016

 

If you’ve been paying attention to recent news, you know that agriculture and food production will change radically in the next few years as developments in analytical technology allow food to be scrutinized more easily and closely than it has ever been before.

 

If you haven’t been paying attention, here’s a snapshot: Withi...

October 6, 2015

 

Crisp fall weather is here, all of us are busy wrapping up a challenging growing season. The weather extremes in June and July were very stressful on both crops and farmers. On AEA Pure Dawn Farm in Orwell Ohio, we experienced standing water in our fields for close to four weeks, which lead to crops with almost nonexistent...

August 17, 2015

 

Developing disease suppressive soils is a fascinating area of research, with the potential to completely change how we manage plant diseases in the very near future. As we learn more about the factors which allow soils to suppress potential pathogens, we are better able to manage these influences in the field, and produce...

July 28, 2015

 

Genetics are not our limiting factor. The mineral nutrients that are in the soil, which are the building blocks, are the limiting factors in producing quality andstress resistant crops.

 

I believe that plants have the opportunity and the genetics to consistently far out-norm what we accept to be normal. Just because somethi...

July 28, 2015

 

The commonly accepted model of plant nutrition holds that plants absorb soluble mineral ions from the soil solution through root hairs. In this model,  plants are dependent on soluble ions and adequate water supply in the soil to allow the transport of those ions to plant roots. This dependency on water and solubility has...

July 6, 2015

 

At Advancing Eco Agriculture, we have the privilege of working with many different farms, and many different types of farmers and farm managers. We have observed that farm managers tend to be on a spectrum of management intensity. Some farmers measure and manage everything they can. Others don’t. Some farmers are exception...

December 27, 2014

 

This weekend a family friend who has been suffering from depression attempted suicide. 

 

A few years ago my uncle committed suicide because of severe depression.

 

I started thinking about the incidence of depression among my friends and family. What I discovered when I started looking at the numbers was very disturbing.

 

My b...

September 25, 2014

 

These tomato plants are watered 30 minutes twice a day to maintain a constant water supply as measured by an irrometer. As nutrients are absorbed by the plant roots, they follow the upward flow of water to the leaves and fruit.

 

Aside from photosynthesis, the water is used in two very different metabolic processes; respirat...

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