One Common Goal
Conservation tillage, no-till, cover crops, etc all have one common goal - soil aggregation. But why then are these management methods so highly debated and unsuccessful in some regions?
Conservation tillage and no-till focus on specific microbial reactions mediated by the plant to flocculate the soil AND glue the soil together. With no-till you are essentially asking the plant to do it all! No wonder it takes so long to achieve this goal. At Soil Works we are stubborn, impatient, and want Soil Health now! So how do we accelerate soil aggregation without massive management changes?
The key is is a two factor approach to soil aggregation.
1. Flocculation by charge reduction with polycationic electrolyte solutions (or more simply by applying a solution of available calcium which balances the dispersive charges of the soil colloid with available calcium in the electrolyte solution... think balancing the magnets between the soil-water system.)
2. Water-stable linkages with organic matter additions and microbes (incorporating organic matter such as green plow downs, cover crops, crop residues and applying diverse biological inoculants... think fall tillage and Bio-5.)
It is the combination of these two pathways which allow us to achieve RAPID soil aggregation. And in a world where we can quickly we can degrade soil, shouldn't we also be able to heal soil quickly too? The evidence is there to say YES we can!
The road to soil health comes down to which management approach works for you? Are you set up to begin no-till farming with cover crops? Do you have enough time? How degraded is your soil? Can you afford a loss if your cover crop seeds don't germinate? These are all important questions to ask going into 2020. If you need rapid soil health and don't have time to wait, give our approach a look. We can achieve many of the same goals, faster, cheaper and you don't need healthy soil to begin with. We can take your worst ground and turn it into your best!
If you curious just how nuts we are, give us a call and we will send you out a free sample of almonds from a customer who did just that. Over 10 years ago Randy Delerio of High Desert Ag regenerated his dying, alkali, salt crusted, almond orchard into one of the highest quality production almond orchards in central California. He is a bit of rock star in our world and you can taste the difference from a soil that works!