Improving your soil health balance sheet

Date:  10/02/2019

There’s growing awareness that a Soil Health Index would be a useful metric for farming.  Being proactive to define a proven set of metrics for a soil health balance sheet will help farm managers communicate their value to lenders and customers. 

I attended a soil health conference where lenders, farm managers and agronomists were discussing these metrics – as a way to demonstrate regenerative ag practices.  Many Ag lenders and land investors want to help farms adopt regenerative farming practices.   Soil health scores could help secure better loan terms, or help lease more farmland.  Many consumers also appreciate farming practices that benefit the environment while producing better food products.  Both consumers and investors are interested in farming that draws excess carbon from the atmosphere back into the soil.  

Producers should start now – learn about the soil health metrics, the practices that improve the soil health index, and increase the value of your assets.    

We know that cover crops and reduced tillage systems improve soil health.  This should be part of everyone’s management.  But the story goes beyond this.  To create a positive and healthy “soil balance sheet”, farmers can select the right inputs to obtain the required results:  optimizing nutrient application rates and timing, correcting nutrient imbalances, reducing use of chemical inputs.   Improved soil health increases water holding capacity, reduces erosion, and increases organic matter. Healthy Soil is alive, it’s vital for plant vigor and productivity, and it increases soil carbon.

Using Pacific Gro in the tank mix in crop fertility programs improves the “soil health balance sheet”. Our trials have shown this:  higher CO2 respiration in the Grape trial; higher nitrogen availability, photosynthesis and less leaf diseases of corn in Iowa and Ohio. Summary trial reports are available on the Pacific Gro Website.

How does Pacific Gro benefit soil health? It provides organic available Calcium, fish oil (which is food for fungi), amino acid nitrogen, and chitin.  

I encourage you to look at the Pacific Gro website and contact our dealers about increasing your “soil health balance sheet”.  It makes sound agronomic and economic sense.