Soil Amendments, To What Purpose?

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 amend our soils using tons of material per acre, or can we find ways to more efficient and practice resource conservation?

 

And if we have such large mineral reserves available in most soils as indicated by geologists, should we consider how we can release more of the mineral nutrition contained within the soil mineral matrix and provide it in a plant available form?

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