Balancing Soil Nutrient Ratios
A shortage of any soil nutrient required for plant growth can limit the final crop yield. Have your soil’s nutrient status assessed by testing all the all elements required for plant growth.
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A closer look at Soil
Written by Edwin Njau 12/01/2021
Soils are dynamic living systems. They respond much the same as the rumen in the cow.
Consider this -
1. The rumen and the soil are fermentation vats where biological processes break down plant and animal residues into their constituent products so they can be utilised by the plant and animal.
2. The organisms that carry out these transformations require a precise set of conditions, in form of pH and minerals at the right ratio.
3. The functions of the soil life forces are limited if the conditions are too acid or alkaline, minerally imbalanced or in any way hostile to microbial life.
4. Limited soil functions have adverse effects on plant growth.
A healthy rumen has between 25 and 50 billion organisms while there is more living organism is a handful of soil than there are humans on earth. It’s simple the soil is the plants rumen.
Organic farming the way to go for this farming family.
For David Sheehy and Karen Scott, transitioning
their farm at Honikiwi, near Otorohanga, to a
fully organic dairy operation has been all about
working with the land and the stock to get best results.
Kiss the Ground
We watched this over the weekend and it is a must see film. While it is based in USA it is valid for the whole planet. If we don't take heed this is our potential future.
The movie is available through other sites if you don't have Netflix, google 'Kiss the Ground'.
Demystifying Regenerative Agriculture - by Edwin Njau, August 2020
Ten years ago, the phrase "Regenerative Agriculture" would have captured the curiosity of very few farmers. Today it has caught the attention of many. A century ago, farming practices emphasising single species cropping, nitrogen application, heavy tilling, use of pesticides and herbicides, etc. emerged to lead the conventional farming revolution. Increased greenhouse gas emissions, soil erosion, water pollution, and a threat to human health are some of the headlines depicting conventional agriculture.
Regenerative Agriculture aims to solve all of these issues by working with the environment. Like a
contract, Regenerative Agriculture mainly involves forming a symbiotic relationship with the soil where both parties gain something... Read more
Bearings in Ewes/Hoggets
Prevention only works once you know what causes bearings.
The ratio of the elements, Phosphorus – Potassium – Magnesium – Calcium and Sodium are what are termed as the electrolyte balance.
Muscle contraction is controlled by Calcium; muscle relaxation is controlled by Potassium. Sodium dilutes Potassium. Sphincter muscle strength relies on Magnesium; low Magnesium intakes will leave the muscles that control the squeezing function weakened. It is therefore not hard to understand that an imbalance in the ratios of these elements will have a detrimental effect on the ewe’s/hogget’s ability to retain her uterus.
Get these electrolyte ratios right and bearings in your ewes/hoggets will be minimised.
Here is an on-farm example of how the electrolyte balance works -