Our understanding of soils has increased exponentially in the last decade and developments in soil science offer hope for the next revolution in land management.
Soil is not merely a medium in which plants grow; it’s an infinitely complex underworld and inter-dependent web of micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, nematodes and micro-arthropods along with thousands of organisms we don’t even understand fully.
It is this hidden world that allows our planet and our society to thrive. But far from nurturing the soil that feeds us, modern agriculture often destroys it. Every time the soil is disturbed, or artificial fertilisers and pesticides are applied, soil life is killed and soil structure compromised.
Soil erosion, the leaching of water and nutrients, anaerobic conditions, pests and diseases all follow. The system becomes dependant on inputs which reduces farm productivity and profitability and degrades our agricultural soils to mere dirt.
Agriculture should start by nurturing soil life. It’s essential to understand what makes the life in soil tick – and conversely what destroys it – as well as how to manage soil life so it works to overcome the challenges that producing food presents. If you get your soil biology right the rest falls into place.
As well as being the solution for a new wave of productive, profitable farming that supports enormous biodiversity, soil health is undervalued and poorly understood in the field of conservation. Understanding how to increase the complexity of our soil food web can offer impressive solutions to some of biggest environmental challenges. Issues such as low planted tree success rates, ineffective ecological restoration projects with slow succession and poor ecosystem function can all be addresses by improving soil health.
We can offer a range of services to improve your overall soil health as well as achieve your specific requirements;
- Soil biology analysis.
- Soil health testing and interpretation.
- Holistic management planning to optimise soil health and achieve outcomes.
- Ongoing monitoring and general recommendations.