soil amendments Tag

In this episode of Voices from the Field, NCAT Specialists Nina Prater, Guy Ames, and Lee Rinehart explore the history of fertilizer use to understand how we got to an agricultural system that relies so heavily on synthetic rather than biological fertilizers. They discuss alternatives to this system and ways farmers can build soil health in order to require less synthetic fertilizer to maintain productivity.   Related ATTRA Resources: ATTRA Fertilizer Reduction Toolkit  Soils & Compost Soils and Sites for Organic Orchards and Vineyards Growing Healthy Soil on a Large Scale with Rick Clark   Other Resources: The First Green Revolution: Debt Peonage and...

Getting nutrients right in farming is a balancing act. When planning to apply fertilizers and soil amendments, farmers must consider their soil type, climate, the time of year, the crops they are raising, water availability, soil health, water quality concerns, and the nuances of the many different macro- and micronutrients that plants require. The way nutrients are applied is also an important consideration.
By Nina Prater, Sustainable Agriculture Specialist...