Correcting the Cause
High quality and high yields are the goals most farmers strive for. Top yields, in either organic or conventional production, is often the goal most farmers seek first. We fertilizer for a yield goal which is often unobtainable. Farmers increase plant density, eliminate nutrient deficiencies and combat every pest that enters the field in an effort to produce yield. All too often the farmer throws the checkbook at the field reacting to symptoms. Is there a better way?
Soil compaction is the number one limiting factor to successful agricultural production. It is step one in our three-factor approach to crop production. Correct the cause of soil compaction and we now open the door to the holy grail of farming, top quality and top yields.
Once step one is corrected, we can begin addressing the plant and the soil’s nutrient requirements. The programs we run for all crops rely on a solid agronomic/management background. What we do, that separates us from other crop programs, is that along with proper nutrient management we incorporate a focus on soil microbial nutrition. This benefits the producer in multiple ways.
First, the efficient use of fertilizer is DEPENDENT upon the biological cycling of the soil. Therefore, if we want to reduce our inputs and optimize nutrient use efficiency and uptake, we can no longer ignore soil microbes. Our programs work to implement a biological nutrient program that is not an ADD ON program but rather part of a total agronomic nutrient management program.
When recommending a nutrient program, we look first to correct the cause of any and all soil health problems which may limit production. We address soil compaction, aerobic zone depth, organic carbon content, microbial biomass and activity. Once the core fundamentals are established, we move to the next step which is a program specifically designed for your crops yield goal. Our programs vary based on environmental conditions, soil texture, soil type, weather patterns, cropping system and crop rotations. Working with either our certified agronomist or your trusted agronomist we work to take your program and elevate it.
Don’t think we forgot about crop quality either. Our programs deliver both top yields and top quality, why? Because we use all three components of the farming system. Biology, Chemistry and Physics come together to build the building blocks of life. As farmers we spend the better part of budgets on the minerals which make up 3% of the plants total dry weight. Soil Works focus on the 97%, Carbon Hydrogen Oxygen and Nitrogen. When you get those in balance, quality and yield comes naturally, the way nature intended.
Before recommending a nutrient program, we look first to correct the cause of any and all soil health problems which may limit production.
Nutrient Dense Program
The following are general recommendations for reducing soil compaction, improving water penetration, alleviating excess magnesium and potassium, and improving the overall structure of your soil. THESE ARE GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS it is important to work directly with the Soil Works staff and/or with a trained Soil Works distributor to correctly diagnose your field. Every farm, field and soil type are different, please contact us directly to provide you with the optimum program for your operation. Application rates may vary depending upon your penetrometer readings.
90-120 grams GSR Dormant Calcium
2-4 lbs Pure Cane Sugar
2-4 lbs Micronized Soft Rock Phosphate
2-4 gallons Fish Fertilizer
10-15 gallons Bio-5 Soil Conditioner
- Product is intended to be applied post-harvest mixed with water at a minimum application rate of 20 gallons/acre. MORE WATER IS RECOMMENDED. Optimum efficacy is achieved when soil applied and immediately followed with irrigation or before precipitation.
- Direct soil contact is recommended. Enhanced efficacy is achieved when the soil is tilled to a depth of one inch below the aerobic zone or following vertical tillage.
- If applying over a layer of dense mat of crop residue, the products efficacy may be reduced. As the residue decomposes the products applied may be utilized for residue decomposition rather than soil remediation. Multiple dosages may be required as well as increasing the amount of water applied with the product which can help the product reach the soil. Please consult directly with the Soil Works staff before application.
- Application rates vary based on needs of the individual field or soil type. High CEC soils with excess Magnesium and/or Potassium require higher rates for optimum efficacy. Please consult directly with a trained professional for customized application rates.
Once the soil is ready to produce nutrient-dense high yielding crops, contact Soil Works directly to discuss your crop’s nutrient management plan.