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...

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...

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...

November 7, 2013

 

This photo is from a field where Rejuvenate was trialed on corn residue. 

 

On the left, the corn stalks from the untreated control have maintained a high degree of integrity and are not yet beginning to decompose.

 

The corn stalks on the right, collected where Rejuvenate was applied, are beginning to break down very rapidly....

October 22, 2013

 

When we talk about soil amendments, we usually think about limestone or compost.

 

I believe we are really missing the the biggest piece of pie.

 

Should we focus our use of soil amendments on remineralizing soils or on rebuilding soil microbial communities?

 

Considering our limited mineral resources, should we even try to amen...

October 18, 2013

Many nutrient inputs applied to crops and soils  are intended for one of two very different purposes.

Liquid fertilizers are intended to get a rapid and strong plant response.

Biostimulants are usually intended to enhance soil microbial communities.

There are very few materials which can do both, and even fewer which do both w...

October 16, 2013

 

Soils do not support weeds and crops equally well. We understand that different crops will have different nutritional requirements, different microbial associations, and grow differently in varying types of soil. Blueberries do not have the same nutritional requirements as alfalfa, which, in turn, has very different requir...

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