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Changing Dirt into Soil: Specific Approaches for Different Soil Types and Crops

Soil and dirt are not synonyms. Learn the differences and learn how returning beneficial organisms to dirt can initiate the conversion back into soil, producing a host of benefits for plant production and for the farmer. We will examine the cast of characters needed to shepherd this transition; understand why these organisms can reduce water use by up to 70% in certain cases; strategize how to reduce or eliminate the need for mineral fertilizers; and plan to foster soil conditions where weeds, pests and diseases don't have an edge on our crops. I'll discuss the balances of organisms needed for early, mid, and late successional plants, as well as small, medium, and large scale farm approaches for returning life to the soil.

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Soil and fertility

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Elaine Ingham

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Saturday, August 8



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