Soil Health Evaluation

Soil Health – More than just a soil test

In this article, we will review “Soil Health” a more holistic approach to soil testing. In the past, we’ve written various articles about soils.  How they are formed; climatic regions and their effect on soils; soil texture; soil nutrients; and more.  Over the past few decades, as Agriculture moves more toward Sustainable Systems and away from strictly chemical-based decision making; we have found researchers and consultants have expanded their measurements of soil quality.  Many of the parameters that come [...]

side delivery fertilizer spreader for orchards

Organic Amendments and Fertilizer Spreaders

Farmers around the world have always known the benefits of manures, composts, leaf and yard waste; and other bulky organic materials, and the fertilizer spreaders to deliver them.  With more emphasis on sustainability and recycling; reducing the use of costly chemical fertilizers, and managing the organic fraction of the soil better; advancements in the ‘science’ of it all have kept pace to assist farmers while equipment technology also has become more precise for field and operating efficiency. Sources of Bulky [...]

2016 Count of Certified Organic Agriculture Operations Shows Continued Growth in U.S. Market

Organic Agriculture – Is it Really the Answer? What’s the Question?

Having been educated in Agriculture, with a particular focus on Agronomy, I’ve been particularly interested in the ‘Organic’ trend sweeping the politics, economy, and agricultural industry today.  Consumer perceptions of Organic Agriculture as being something ‘new’ to farmers is particularly unsettling to me, and I’m sure, to many of us who have either farmed it or worked with farmers over the years. I thought I’d write about this topic today, so I did my usual search of the internet for [...]

How a Farmer Became a Symbol of the Food Revolution in California

Most-read books on Sustainable Farming and the Food Revolution What would you do if the varieties of peaches you (and your parents before you) grow, are no longer in demand? Image from David Masumoto’s Family Facebook That’s what happened to David Mas Masumoto in 1987, when his farm came to a crossroad.  He found that the large volume buyers no longer wanted his Sun Crest peaches.  “An heirloom variety just didn’t have the right cosmetics for the market place…it didn’t get red lipstick-red [...]

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