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Primordial Solutions Soil Vs Chemical Approach to Soil Fertility
This approach accounts for the biochemical functions in soils and in plants, not just mineral nutrient applications. Three components are implemented to achieve balanced, total nutrition for plants and soil. Our biological management system establishes and cultures a healthy living soil and plant ecology with emphasis on microbial community structure and diversity.
Our Mineral Nutrition Management Systems use appropriate mineral inputs, while harnessing the vast, existing natural resources beneath our feet, the soil.
Our Disease Management System utilizes natural defenses with limited chemical inputs.
Hydroponics and soil farming are two distinctively different systems of plant anabolism (biosynthesis). The hydroponics environment is kept sterile and separated from the outside environment. In soil farming the soil is always interacting with its surroundings-immediate and remote. The importance of soil quality for soil-based anabolism is often undervalued. Soil quality is needed to provide a complete nutritional base, not only for plants, but also for the microorganisms in the soil.
Minerals in soil systems have complex pathways and are dynamic compared to the static presence of minerals in hydroponics. For example, in hydroponics there is no leaching of minerals. However, leaching is a fact in soils. In hydroponics all media and equipment is sterilized before every crop. However, pathogens are in fact in every soil. Therefore, what is learned in hydroponics cannot necessarily be applied to living soils. Soils must be viewed as living; hence the soil farming process is directed anabolism not just of the plant but also of the soil.
To increase the output of a field simply means to increase the rate of anabolism within the soil.
To increase the output of a field simply means to increase the rate of anabolism within the soil. So one has to know the limitations of the anabolism and address them to increase the farm’s overall output. One of the limits of production can be the genetic limit to the plants, but in almost all instances this limit is not reached in farming due to its expression as assisted by the grower. Most of the time the true limiting factor in production is the nutrient supply and timing to the plant during its growing season.
The chemical approach to increasing anabolism goes back to Liebig’s misrepresented discovery and states: “Plants take up ionic minerals and the minerals are the limiting factor to increased production, therefore all we need to do is supply the minerals ‘directly’ to the plant.”
Let us examine the soil metabolism. The limiting factor of anabolism is, as stated, the mineral supply; but the mineral supply in turn is dependent on the rate of catabolism (mineralization and humification).
In natural (non-farmed) soils, the rate of anabolism over a period of several years is equal to the rate of catabolism during the same period. The humus content of the soil (from humification) acts as storage for nutrients. The rates of anabolism and catabolism are not equal in any given year, but only in a period of several years, which is made possible by the humus. In a year when weather may be very advantageous for plant growth, the rate of mineralization is not able to supply the needed nutrients for the increased plant growth.
Applying natural soil enhancers like Primordial Solutions Sea Green and Rootamentary, soil fertility is substantially increased. Follow our Growers Gallery for examples of how Primordial Solutions heals soil damage and mitigates problems caused by overuse of chemical fertilizers.
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