Soil Dynamics is about using your on-farm resources to create dynamic, biologically active soil, that delivers exact nutrition.
The Four Essentials of Soil Management
Minerals are responsible for a variety of plant functions. Minerals come from rocks and are present in varying degrees in all soils. What minerals you may need to add to your soil will depend not only on the mineral content of your soil, but also on the function of the living, energetic and plant realms of your soil.
The living component of your soil is made up of a huge variety of microorganisms; literally millions per gram of soil. Without a living component in your soil, the mineral and nutrient delivery system to the plant will not function at its best.
We mostly think of the plant as the end result of the agricultural process. However plants are an essential component to soil health. Plants absorb and send nutrients to soil microbes from the atmosphere. Carefully managed plants build soil life and performance; poorly managed plants can destroy it.
4. Soil Energy
Energetics is the scientific study of energy under transformation. Soil energetics is the circuitry of the soil/plant system. Most people understand that soil minerals contain positive and negative charges. But soil energetics goes beyond simple charges to the interactions of all the vibrations that exist in soils, plants and the atmosphere.
Creating On Farm Fertility
To achieve truly dynamic soils we suggest the following strategies for Creating on-Farm Fertility:
Precise Composting Methods
Precise Composting Methods are achieved by utilising on-farm and imported materials along with correct recipes and careful monitoring and management. This results in the best possible input for your farm's biological engine. There are numerous methods for achieving precise compost results. The important issues are having specific recipes, and accurate monitoring and management practices. Our e-book A Simple Guide To Starting Your Compost is a great place to start, and includes information, recipes, and explanations to assist you on your composting journey.
Farm Specific Plant Extracts
Farm Specific Plant Extracts are simple water or pressed extracts that contain important biological foods to help keep a healthy biological population. They are made from on-farm resources and added to your general fertility program. Every plant contains very specific mineral and biological nutrients. Learn more about this wonderful tool in our e-book A Simple Guide to Farm Specific Plant Extracts. In this book, we break down the information, recipes, and methods we have developed over years of practicing and perfecting the art of Plant Extracts on our own farm.
Appropriate Crop Rotation
Appropriate Crop Rotations are important if you are cropping or market farming. Each plant in an agricultural system gives and takes different mineral and biological nutrients. Having the correct progression of plants in your system is key to plant and soil nutrition and health.
Accurate Grazing Management
Accurate Grazing Management consists of having the right combination of plants in your pasture and moving your animals around your farm at the appropriate rate. This varies with the type and number of stock, soil types, climate and personal style.
Soil energetics is the circuitry of the soil/plant system. Most people understand that soil minerals contain positive and negative charges. But soil energetics goes beyond simple charges to the interactions of all the vibrations that exist in soils, plants and the atmosphere.
The Benefits of Complete Soil Management
Biological soil management is a complete system of optimising all farming practices to support and maximise the biological content of the soil for plant health and production. Biological farm management uses a wide range of inputs and techniques to achieve these results, including conventional and organic fertilisers and inputs of all kinds. It is the broadest form of soil management and will produce the best possible production and profit of any agricultural system. When you adopt a complete approach to your soil management program, taking into account all four of the essential areas of soil management, you can expect the following:
- Increased water holding capacity
- Increased aeration to the soil, which supports biological life
- Increased access to soil's nutrient bank
- Increased nutrition in plants
- Better nutrition to animals
- Lower fertiliser costs
- Fewer animal health issues
- Increased farm profit