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...

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...

September 22, 2014

 

Plants which produce fruit with a high concentration of carbohydrates require a great deal of potassium for carbohydrate transport into the fruit. The fruit functions as a storage organ for sugars, and consequently, also become a storage sink for potassium. High carbohydrate fruit such as tomatoes or potatoes need a genero...

September 18, 2014

 

When farming the same land year after year, it is important to understand crop succession and the carryover effects that plants contribute to the soil for future crops.

 

Some of the well known benefits are nitrogen fixation and nutrient retention. If we focus only on these benefits we miss some other critical pieces. There...

July 28, 2014

 

Have you observed any interesting anomalies with water use and water penetration the last few years? 

We have been observing some interesting changes in water movement in soil, on a very widespread scale, with many different soil types, and with different management systems. At this point, we have not been able to determine...

January 30, 2014

 

Plants can tell us many things if we are willing to observe and listen. We are always looking for ways to monitor plant health and nutritional integrity in the field. When we are able to monitor nutritional integrity and correlate balanced attrition with disease and insect resistance, we have a solid basis for preventing p...

November 6, 2013

 

In regenerative agriculture systems, spring begins in the fall.

 

Both annual and perennial crops have their most important Critical points of Influence (CPIs) in the spring.

 

For annual crops the most important stage is at planting and transplanting.

 

For perennial crops, the most important stage is blossoming and pollination...

October 30, 2013

 

The microbiome is an incredibly complex  microbial community which has evolved uniques symbiotic relationships with plants.

 

There are two fundamentally different types of digestive processes occurring in soil systems. 

In a bacterially dominated soils the rapid digestion and release of nutrients is referred to as...

October 27, 2013

 

Plant lipids  take the form of Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9 essential fatty acids, the ratios of which are determined by the plant's stage of development and the specific part of the plant in which the oils are found.

 

Omega 3's oxidize readily and are usually found in the highest concentrations  in the green and growing v...

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