We create regenerative farming systems that help farmers grow disease and insect resistant crops with complete plant nutrition.
Our Core Concepts
1.Healthy Plants Resist Insects and Disease
We understand that animals and people have an immune system that is our natural defense against pathogens. For our immune system to function properly and fulfill its purpose, it needs to be supported with the proper nutrition. If nutritional elements are lacking, or not properly balanced, the immune system’s ability to perform is compromised. This same concept holds true for plants. Plants which have adequate nutrition have inherent resistance mechanisms that allow them to be resistant to diseases and insects.
2. Mineral Nutrition Supports Plant Immunity
For plants to reach an optimum level of health and immunity, they need to have a fully active enzyme system to continuously process and create higher-order compounds. The thousands of enzymes needed in metabolic processes each require a mineral “enzyme cofactor” to function. Without the mineral cofactors, enzyme pathways collapse and plants accumulate soluble compounds in plant sap, leading to pest infestations as plant health begins to fall apart. Plants may require as many as 58 trace mineral enzyme cofactors to have a completely functional enzyme system needed to maintain the plant’s inherent immune system.
3. Microbial Metabolites Are a More Efficient Source of Nutrition
The ultimate level of plant nutrition is when plants can absorb the majority of their nutritional requirements as microbial metabolites. In this model, the soil microbial community serves as the plant’s digestive system. A complex community of soil microorganisms digest and break down organic residues and plant root exudates. In this digestive process, minerals are extracted from the soil mineral matrix and released in a bioavailable form that plants absorb and utilize very efficiently. For plants to achieve superior levels of plant health, they are dependent on an active microbial digestive system in the soil. As long as they are absorbing most of their nutrition in the form of simple ions from the soil solution, they will never have the energy levels needed to maintain optimum levels of immunity.
4. Quality Drives Yield
Regenerative models of agronomy and plant nutrition focus on improving quality and plant health, rather than increasing yields. When we balance plant nutrition to improve quality, the energy and immunity of the crop increase significantly, creating higher yields, better shelf life, improved flavor, and reduced dependence on pesticide applications. As quality improves, you can't stop yield from increasing. This fundamentally different approach to plant nutrition leads to significant yield increases, ranging from 10-30 percent on many different types of crops.
5. Healthy Plants Create Healthy Soil
There is a common understanding that healthy soils create healthy plants. The reverse is also true. Healthy plants with high levels of energy can send as much as 70 percent of their total photosynthates into the soil through the roots at some stages of growth. These root exudates are the fuel that drives the soil microbial community and leads to the rapid formation of organic matter. This process, called carbon induction, is the fastest and most efficient way to sequester carbon and build soil organic matter.
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